New PDF release: A Regular Palace: Celebrating 100 years of the Chateau

By Don Butler, Maria Cook, Doug Fischer

For a hundred years, the area has walked during the foyer of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the grand resort set in a picturesque panorama the place the Rideau Canal locks make their descent to the Ottawa River.

From the instant it opened in 1912, it used to be within the phrases of an previous brochure "the position the place politics and delight, finance and model meet ... the hub of the capital's wheel of affairs, a very good and helpful centre of Canadian life."

This used to be the place the Canadian executive arrange transitority quarters while the Parliament constructions burned in 1916. It used to be where troops massed earlier than heading to battle. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and labored on the lodge. The CBC broadcast from it. The lengthy checklist of recognized visitors contains Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.

The dramatic silhouette of towers and steep roofs of the Chateau Laurier defines Ottawa for viewers and citizens alike. Conical turrets upward push from substantial partitions of Indiana limestone. Gables of the warm-coloured stone are carved with vegetation, scrolls and creâsts. Dormer home windows punctuate expanses of eco-friendly copper roof.

Learn extra concerning the Chateau, its historical past and the folks in the back of it during this beautiful choice of tales and old photographs from the Ottawa Citizen.

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In 1962, the NCC hired John B. Parkin Associates, the architects of the new train station, to prepare a sweeping redevelopment plan for Confederation Square and the surrounding area. Among other things, the Parkin Plan proposed to raze Union Station and replace it with a modernistic flat-roofed convention centre. By July 1966, most of the rail lines had been ripped up, the station was closed and the NCC was poised to begin demolition. ” Officially, that was the NCC’s position, too. ” But Padolsky says there were strong advocates for conservation within the agency, as well.

B. Bennett lived there in splendour for five years, while he held the top office. ” Prime ministers host dinners for visiting royals, presidents, prime ministers and other pooh-bahs there. Château chefs have coped with kosher meals for Israeli prime ministers, vegetarian feasts for Hindu leaders, late night snacks for princelings. With such a long history, and so much huffin’ puffin’ majesty, it is tempting to describe the Château Laurier as the “grand old duchess” of Ottawa. With her weather-worn limestone complexion and tiara of turrets, dormers and gables, she gleams with an Edwardian dignity that no glass-and-steel competitor can boast.

The monumental waiting room, with its 75-foot-high vault ceiling, was a half-scale replica of the now-demolished Pennsylvania Station in New York City. Both were based on the Roman Baths of Caracalla and Diocletian, but the Ottawa station’s building methods and materials were modern. “Everything is actually a fake,” says Jeanes. The plaster columns in the waiting room are hollow, the ceiling is suspended plaster hanging from steel trusses. Even the walls, apparently of Roman travertine, are actually a clever imitation material devised by French plaster workers.

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