Lecture Series

Our popular Heritage Ottawa Free Lecture Series runs from September to June every year, and features a wide range of interesting speakers and topics pertaining to Ottawa's history and heritage.

Each February, we present the Phillips Memorial Lecture in honour of Heritage Ottawa’s co-founders, Bob and Mary Anne Phillips, two pioneers of heritage conservation in Ottawa.

Unless otherwise noted, lectures are free and are held at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, located at 120 Metcalfe Street at the corner of Laurier Avenue. Elevators are available and the room is wheelchair accessible.

Lectures begin at 7:00pm, last approximately one hour and are followed by an informal gathering. 

There is no need to pre-register. We look forward to welcoming you at our next Heritage Ottawa event!

Thanks to our Lecture Series sponsors Andrex Holdings and the Ottawa Public Library.

Upcoming Lectures

  • 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...

Past Lectures

  • City Water and Country Air: Rockcliffe Park at 150
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 19:30
    Rockcliffe Park Recreation Centre, Library Building
    380 Springfield Road
    Ottawa, ON K1M 0K7
    Canada

    Rockcliffe Park has long been a Village within a city setting. Its early history is closely linked to Frederick Law Olmsted, whose remarkable planning philosophy was imported to Canada by...

  • 20th Century Built Heritage Symposium / NCC Capital Urbanism Lab
    Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 18:00
    National Capital Commission (NCC)
    NCC Headquarters, Capital Urbanism Lab
    40 Elgin Street, 5th Floor
    Ottawa, ON K1P 1C7
    Canada

    In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Conserving the Modern in Canada Conference held at Trent University in 2005, the National Capital Commission's Capital Urbanism Lab is pleased to...

  • Ottawa’s Frontier Modernism
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 19:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 1E7
    Canada

    Beginning as a settlement built on the forest frontier, Ottawa has largely been shaped by Modern ideas over the past two centuries. Since Confederation, it has had a complicated relationship with...

  • Taking Care of Business: The Mausoleum Promoter and the Cemetery
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 19:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 1E7
    Canada

    Beechwood Cemetery was established in Ottawa in 1873. Now almost one hundred and fifty years old, it is recognized for its naturalistic, pastoral and picturesque landscape. It features a number of...

  • The Way Forward for Heritage in the Capital: Beginning A New Conversation
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 18:00 to 20:00
    NCC Headquarters
    Capital Urbanism Lab
    40 Elgin Street, 5th Floor
    Ottawa, ON K1P 1C7
    Canada

    The National Capital Commission (NCC) and Heritage Ottawa are proud to present a panel discussion about emerging ideas in Canadian and international heritage conservation, and how these ideas...

  • National Capital Commission Parkway System “All Roads Lead to Parliament Hill”
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 19:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
    Canada

    Ottawa is home to some of the loveliest shoreline driveways in the world with the Rideau Canal Driveway, the first beautification project of the capital. This lecture will present the history of...

  • Art or Selfie? Canadian Portraits High and Low
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 19:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    Dr. Lilly Koltun will lead an irreverant promenade through the history of portraiture in Canada, leaving us to wonder at the unexpected wealth we've inherited in that art as well as the...

  • The East Block: An Exemplary Example of High Victorian Gothic
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 19:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    The East Block was designed in 1859 as one of the first Gothic Revival office buildings and it was an early example of the style’s first phase of development. The talk will focus upon how the East...

  • Emerging Scholars and Ottawa Architecture / 1 of 2
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 19:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON K1P 1E7
    Canada

    This month’s lecture features two talks on local monuments. Meredith Stewart offers a new perspective on the heritage value of the Champagne and Plant Baths “The Public Baths in Ottawa: A Heritage...

  • Emerging Scholars and Ottawa Architecture / 2 of 2
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 19:00
    Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    This month’s lecture features two talks on local monuments. Meredith Stewart offers a new perspective on the heritage value of the Champagne and Plant Baths “The Public Baths in Ottawa: A Heritage...

  • A.W.N. Pugin and the Revolution in Residential Architecture
    A.W.N. Pugin and the Revolution in Residential Architecture
    Friday, September 26, 2014 - 19:00
    Saint Alban’s Church
    454 King Edward Avenue (enter on Daly Ave)
    Ottawa, ON K1N 7M8
    Canada

    A.W.N. Pugin, best known as a designer of Gothic churches and the decoration of the Palace of Westminster, perhaps had his greatest impact designing residences that were completely different from...

  • The Origins and Significance of Residential Gothic Architecture in Ottawa
    The Origins and Significance of Residential Gothic Architecture in Ottawa
    Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:00 to Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 17:00
    Carleton University, River Building
    Ottawa, ON
    Canada

    The competition for design of the Parliament Buildings in the late 1850s drew to Ottawa several English architects who introduced popular Gothic domestic forms that helped transform the housing...

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