Saturday, July 20, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa is for sale.

Who knows what will happen to this irreplaceable landmark---will it be demolished or converted into condos?
John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in 1969, and their song "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded at another CN property, the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh and his wife lived in the Chateau Laurier from 1980 until 1998.

The Chateau Laurier Hotel was a National Historic Site in 1979:
Heritage Conservation Background Report, City of Ottawa. (From: The downtown Ottawa Public Library on Laurier Avenue.)
.I would not be surprised if the Chateau Laurier is sold to the government of China. The Chinese government couldn't care less about China's architectural heritage---ancestral tombs, 600-year-old Taoist temples and hutongs (ancient courtyard houses) were destroyed, and replaced with apartment and office towers and shopping centres. Why would a foreign government or a Wall Street investment firm care about my country's history.
The Chateau Laurier; Dominion Buildings and one thousand lighthouses should be placed on a Deathwatch---killed by:
1.) Privatization
2.) Apathy
3.) Weak to non-existent heritage laws.
4.) Insatiable greed.
.High rise condos were constructed on land directly behind another the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba:
Apartment towers behind the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba.



Never-before-seen photos of Canadian Governor General Roland Michener and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at CFB Petawawa.



                                                                           

Friday, July 12, 2013

1969 photos of HMCS Bonaventure



       
                     

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Government of Canada real estate


CFB Rockcliffe in 1983. From: "1984-1985 Federal Property Profiles-National Capital Region". The book can be found in The Ottawa Room, Ottawa Public Library at Laurier.
3. In 1998, the National Capital Commission attempted to buy the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa for a dollar. (See the Ottawa Citizen article "Behind closed doors; With no one allowed to watch and listen, members of the National Capital Commission ponder making deals with Nortel, battling El Nino and buying the Experimental Farm for $1 dollar." by Tom Spears, the Ottawa Citizen - 24 August 1998.)

The Experimental Farm in Ottawa:
A Privy Council Order-in-Council that resulted in the sale of Farm land in February of  1988. (The Order-in-Council books can be found at Library and Archives Canada on Wellington Street in Ottawa.)

Canada Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.