Free Talk Traces "The Life, Death and Afterlives of Gothic Architecture"

St. Mary's Abbey, York / Photo: Peter Coffman

Monday, October 28, 2019


Fans of gothic architecture and gothic fiction have a double treat in store this Halloween night when architectural historian and Heritage Ottawa board member Peter Coffman presents a free public talk entitled God, Ghosts and Empire: The Life, Death and Afterlives of Gothic Architecture.

"Gothic architecture was invented in France in the 12th century, flourished for the next four hundred years, died in the 16th century, rose from its own ruins in the 18th, and became the architectural signature of the world’s greatest empire in the 19th" states Peter. "What I hope to do in this talk is trace its trajectory, in broad strokes, from medieval theology through later ghost stories to imperial grandeur - leading right into Ottawa. The story follows a continuous but extremely twisty line, and has been the subject of my research for over twenty years."

The free talk begins at 6:30pm at Woodside Hall, Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (formerly known as Dominion-Chalmers United Church).

We hope to see you there!


God, Ghosts and Empire: The Life, Death and Afterlives of Gothic Architecture
A Free Talk by Architectural Historian Peter Coffman

When:  October 31, 2019 | 6:30pm
Where: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, Woodside Hall, 355 Cooper Street

(at the corner of O'Connor and Cooper)


CLICK HERE to watch on FaceBook Live.