Our lecture series has moved online!
Heritage Ottawa's 2021 Free Online Lecture Series launched in January. Plan on cozying up with your favourite refreshment and joining us for our always engaging monthly evening lectures.
The full schedule is available below, including our Phillips Memorial Lecture in February in honour of Heritage Ottawa’s co-founders, Bob and Mary Anne Phillips, two pioneers of heritage conservation in Ottawa.
Lectures will begin at 7 pm via ZOOM, will last one hour, and be followed by a brief question period.
We ask that you pre-register in advance of each free lecture. See the individual event listings for details.
Thank you to our Lecture Series sponsor ANDREX HOLDINGS .
Canadian GothicWednesday, March 24, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00Presented via ZOOMPre-Registration RequiredOttawa, ONCanada
How did an architectural style synonymous with medieval Europe become the style of choice in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Canada?
This illustrated talk will take us on a journey...
The Changing Architectural Landscape of Vanier: Possible Future Avenues (IN FRENCH)Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00Presented via ZOOMPre-Registration RequiredOttawa, ONCanada
This French-language presentation will explore issues related to re-development of the neighbourhood of Vanier, and provide a better understanding of the spirit of the times from which these...
Phillips Memorial Lecture: Saving the Rideau Street Convent ChapelWednesday, February 17, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00Presented via ZOOMPre-Registration RequiredOttawa, ONCanada
One of the architectural gems of the nation, now a jewel in the crown of the National Gallery of Canada, is the Rideau Street Convent Chapel. A captivating space, its rows of delicate columns...
Gold, Snakes, and Mother Insurance: Preservation of the 180 Wellington Building MosaicWednesday, January 20, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00Presented via ZOOM.Pre-Registration RequiredOttawa, ONCanada
Built in 1927 as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 180 Wellington Building’s most stunning feature is the dramatic mosaic on the vaulted ceiling inside the main entrance...
GOLD, SNAKES, AND MOTHER INSURANCE : THE PRESERVATION OF THE 180 WELLINGTON BUILDING MOSAICSaturday, June 20, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:30Orange Art Gallery290 City Centre AvenueOttawa, ON K1R 1C7Canada
In keeping with Ottawa Public Health recommendations, Heritage Ottawa has cancelled this event and will rescheduled it for a future date. Thank you for your understanding.
Built in 1927 as...
Delighting Visitors for Generations: The Restoration of The OpiniconWednesday, April 15, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
APRIL LECTURE POSTPONED
In response to the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, Heritage Ottawa has cancelled the April lecture. We will announce a rescheduled date soon. We apologize...
The Changing Architectural Landscape of Vanier: Future Possible Avenues (IN FRENCH)Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2CanadaLe paysage architectural changeant de Vanier : Quelles avenues possibles?
MARCH LECTURE POSTPONED
In response to the guidance of Ottawa Public Health with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus...
Cultural Landscapes of the LGBTTQ+ Community in OttawaWednesday, February 19, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Main BranchOttawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2CanadaHeritage Ottawa 2020 Phillips Memorial Lecture
Ottawa’s LGBTTQ+ community has an interesting history unique to many other cities. Due in part to the government employee purges during the 1950s to...
Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin: The Algonquin Way Cultural CentreWednesday, January 22, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Main BranchOttawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada= CANCELLED =
January 17, 2020 — Heritage Ottawa regrets the cancellation of this lecture due to unforseen circumstances. We hope to reschedule soon.
Our free lecture season continues on...
The Garden of the Provinces and Territories: Almost 50 years along!Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00Christ Church Cathedral, Great Hall414 Sparks StreetOttawa, ON K1R 0B2Canada
This presentation will reprise John Zvonar’s presentation at Heritage Ottawa in 2010, which was entitled “Terra Incognita: Ottawa’s Unfamiliar Landscapes.”
More ‘familiar’ these days, the...
Reevaluation of Modern SitesWednesday, November 20, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Main BranchOttawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
The importance of conserving modern heritage has gained increasing prominence in recent years, as many unique sites have come under threat of destruction. Mariana Esponda will describe her...
Emerging Scholars: Two Talks and a Pub NightTuesday, October 22, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Brigid's WellSaint Brigid's Centre for the Arts310 St. Patrick Street, at CumberlandOttawa, ON K1N 5K5Canada
Join us at 7 pm for two informative talks by recent graduates. Each talk will be 15 to 20 minutes in duration and the audience will have an opportunity to pose questions to the speakers....
Modern History: Preserving Canada’s Legacy of ModernismTuesday, September 24, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3)50 Mackenzie King BridgeOttawa, ON K1N 0C5Canada
The architecture of the Modernist movement once spoke of the future. Now the buildings of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s are past middle age. They need work — and a critical look. This problem of modern...
Modernism for the MassesWednesday, June 19, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00Orange Art Gallery290 City Centre DriveOttawa, ON K1R 1C7Canada
During the mid-20th century, Ottawa homebuilders introduced modern design to tract housing.
Some embraced the modern ethos wholeheartedly, while others sprinkled touches of it throughout...
NCC’s Assessment and Rescue of Archaeological Legacy in the Capital Region: Summary of ResultsWednesday, April 17, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
The erosion of ancient shorelines along coasts and inland rivers and lakes due to sea level rise, and the increased frequency and severity of flooding has been characterized as a global crisis for...
Meet the Developers: Apartment Building Construction in Ottawa, 1900 to the PresentWednesday, March 20, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Although developers of Ottawa’s apartment buildings are less well-known than the architects who designed them—after all, it is a building’s appearance that endures—it was these local entrepreneurs...
The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art: An Evening with Brenda FirestoneThursday, February 21, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3)50 Mackenzie King BridgeOttawa, ON K1N OC5CanadaHeritage Ottawa 2019 Phillips Memorial Lecture
O.J. and Isobel Firestone were passionate collectors of Canadian art. In the early 1950s, they embarked upon a collection that would grow to more...
Modern History: Preserving Canada’s legacy of modernismThursday, February 21, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon50 Mackenzie King BridgeOttawa, ON K1N 0C5Canada= POSTPONED =
Heritage Ottawa will be announcing a new date for this lecture soon.
The annual PHILLIPS MEMORIAL LECTURE is taking place with a new guest speaker. Please join us at the...
The Algonquins of PikwàkanagànWednesday, January 16, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
Join us for a special evening presentation by Pikwàkanagàn Elder Ron Bernard on the past and present of this vibrant Algonquin community.
Pikwàkanagàn, meaning “a hilly place,” is situated...
Tempting Values for Early Shoppers: The Birth of Ottawa’s Department StoresWednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00Dominion-Chalmers United Church355 Cooper Street ( use entrance on Lisgar Street )Ottawa, ON K2P 0G8Canada
The department store was the product of an increasingly leisured middle class, a new consumer economy, and architectural innovations like plate glass windows, electric lights and passenger...
Preserving Canada’s Heritage: The Foundation for TomorrowWednesday, November 21, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library120 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, ON K1P 5M2Canada
The federal government, proud steward of many national historic sites and other designated heritage properties, has an important role to play in the preservation of Canada’s built heritage and...
Emerging Scholars: Three Talks And a Pub NightTuesday, October 16, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00Brigid's WellSt. Brigid's Centre for the Arts310 St. Patrick Street at CumberlandOttawa, ON K1N 5K5Canada
Join us at 7pm for three informative talks by recent graduates. Each talk will be 15 to 20 minutes in duration and the audience will have an opportunity to pose questions to the speakers....