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.
Major's Hill Park is directly behind the Chateau Laurier, and the park is currently owned by the National Capital Commission.High rise condos were constructed on land directly behind another CNR hotel, the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba:
Apartment towers behind the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba.



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