Heritage Ottawa celebrated Heritage Day at Ottawa City Hall on February 18th by awarding two $1000 Gordon Cullingham Research Grants to David Noble and Titania Truesdale.
The grants are awarded annually in honour of the late Gordon Cullingham, journalist, broadcaster, editor and heritage activist to encourage research on Ottawa’s built heritage. The winners of the two awards were selected from among six applicants for this year’s grant.
David Noble will undertake primary research on the unique engineering and design elements of The Diefenbunker, an “underground” building which is one of Ottawa’s municipal museums and a National Historic Site of Canada.
Titania Truesdale will use her grant to conduct primary research into seven Ottawa churches designed in the 1950’s and 60’s by James W. Strutt, one of the most prolific Canadian architects of the modern era.
“These two projects will document eight significant examples of modern architect styles in Ottawa,” said Heritage Ottawa President, Leslie Maitland. “Both projects remind us of the need to recognize recent significant examples of Ottawa’s built heritage,” she added.
Photo: Janet Irwin, wife of the late Gordon Cullingham (left) and Heritage Ottawa President Leslie Maitland (far right) present the cheques to David Noble and Titania Truesdale.