Online Lecture Series

Heritage Ottawa has lined up a enticing program for our Fall 2021 Free Online Lecture Series.

We are launching the season with a September lecture on the landmark Alexandra Bridge that you won't want to miss! The entire Fall schedule is listed below.

Lectures will begin at 7 pm via ZOOM, will last one hour, and be followed by a brief question period.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

We ask that you pre-register in advance of each free lecture. See the individual listings for details.

Thank you to our Lecture Series sponsor ANDREX HOLDINGS .

Upcoming Lectures

  • Cundell Stables: The Last Stable in Lowertown
    Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM | Pre-Registration Required
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    Cundell Stables has been operating as a family business in Lowertown since the 1870s. It remains the last vestige of Ottawa’s equine history and is teetering on the verge of extinction. 

    ...

Past Lectures

  • Opportunities and challenges in protecting our Cultural Heritage: ICOMOS´ international collaboration trajectory
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM | Pre-Registration Required
    OTTAWA, ON
    Canada

    The International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an advisory body to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, has a network of 10,000+ professionals worldwide. Established over 50 years ago,...

  • Emerging Scholars Present: Learning from Ottawa School Heritage Stories 
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM | Pre-Registration Required
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    From communities reacting to health and safety measures, to findings about unmarked graves on former Indigenous Residential School properties, schools have been in the news across Canada. 

    ...
  • The Alexandra Bridge: Its Construction, Its Significance, Its Future
    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM | Pre-Registration Required
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    A timely lecture that you won't want to miss! Federal plans are underway to demolish this iconic interprovincial link. Although the bridge was designated a national historic civil engineering site...

  • Bauhaus and the White City of Tel Aviv
    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM
    Pre-Registration Required
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This lecture is currently available on YouTube for a limited time. Scroll down for the link.

    This special lecture takes us outside Canada to look at how the Bauhaus — founded over 100...

  • The Changing Architectural Landscape of Vanier: Possible Future Avenues (IN FRENCH)
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM
    Pre-Registration Required
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    CLIQUEZ ICI pour la version française. 

    Presented in partnership with Muséoparc Vanier.

    This French-language presentation will explore issues related to re-development of the...

  • Canadian Gothic
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM
    Pre-Registration Required
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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...

  • Phillips Memorial Lecture: Saving the Rideau Street Convent Chapel
    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM
    Pre-Registration Required
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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 Mosaic
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Presented via ZOOM.
    Pre-Registration Required
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    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 MOSAIC
    Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:30
    Orange Art Gallery
    290 City Centre Avenue
    Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7
    Canada

    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 Opinicon
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    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 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada
    Le 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 Ottawa
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Main Branch
    Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada
    Heritage 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 Centre
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Main Branch
    Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada
    = 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...

  • National Capital Commission | Garden of the Provinces, 1962
    The Garden of the Provinces and Territories: Almost 50 years along!
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00
    Christ Church Cathedral, Great Hall
    414 Sparks Street
    Ottawa, ON K1R 0B2
    Canada

    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...

  • Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona | Photo: Mariana Esponda
    Reevaluation of Modern Sites
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Main Branch
    Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    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 Night
    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Brigid's Well
    Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
    310 St. Patrick Street, at Cumberland
    Ottawa, ON K1N 5K5
    Canada

    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 Modernism
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3)
    50 Mackenzie King Bridge
    Ottawa, ON K1N 0C5
    Canada

    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 Masses
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00
    Orange Art Gallery
    290 City Centre Drive
    Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7
    Canada

    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 Results
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    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 Present 
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    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...

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