Covering the timeframe from 1900 to 1975, this book tells the fascinating story of how apartment living emerged in 20th century Ottawa. Focusing on Centretown, Sandy Hill and Lowertown East, it looks at the demographic and economic pressures that helped shape these new housing forms, the entrepreneurs and designers who created them, and the people who lived in them.
You’ll meet Ottawa builders like Wolf Shenkman, Sam Berger and Bill Teron and the architects they hired to design their buildings—including Cecil Burgess and Werner Noffke in the early 1900s, and Morris Woolfson and Peter Dickinson in the mid-twentieth century—who all left an indelible mark on the city.
You’ll learn how three-storey “walk-ups” evolved into “Grandes Dames” inspired by the Queen Anne Revival Style such as The Shefford and The Strathcona, which in turn led to modernist high-rises epitomized by The Juliana and Park Square.
The book’s text is enhanced with beautiful colour photographs throughout. The appendices include maps and references.
This Heritage Ottawa publication is the first book about Ottawa’s historic apartment buildings.
Hear editor Carolyn Quinn talking about the book and some of its featured buildings on CBC RADIO.
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