Central Chambers

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Central Chambers(leftmost building) at Confederation Square.

Central Chambers is a building at the corner of Elgin Street and Queen Street in Ottawa that is a National Historic Site. It is located at 42 to 54 Elgin Street and it faces the Canadian War Memorial at Confederation Square. Central Chambers was built between 1890 and 1893[1] and designed by John James Browne of Montreal, an example of Queen Anne Revival commercial architecture. Formerly serving as an office for the Canadian Atlantic Railway, it now houses the National Capital Commission.[2]

The building was purchased by the NCC in the 60's, remained vacant throughout much of the 70s and 80s, and in 1992, plans were made for renovations. In 1994 the NCC gutted the interior and the facade became integrated into a new office tower complex.[1] It was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990 for being a fine example of the Queen Anne Revival style in commercial architecture.[3]

Bell Block[edit]

The Bell Block is a building on 40 Elgin Street between the Central Chambers and Scottish Ontario Chambers. It has an "Award of Excellence" from the City of Ottawa and was built in 1867. It was designed by William Hodgson.[4] It is designated as a heritage property under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.[5]

Scottish Ontario Chambers[edit]

Central Chambers 1893
Scottish Ontario Chambers (was Canadian Pacific Railway Office) around turn of the century. Bell block is on the left.

The Scottish Ontario Chambers is a building in Ottawa at the corner of Sparks Street and Elgin Street that was built in 1883. It was designed by William Hodgson.[6]It is designated as a heritage property under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.[7] Coordinates: 45°25′23.65″N 75°41′42.95″W / 45.4232361°N 75.6952639°W / 45.4232361; -75.6952639 (Central Chambers)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee 2000, pp. 61-62.
  2. ^ "Sparks Street Mall". Sparks Street Mall. 2003-12-04. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  3. ^ Central Chambers. Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Sparks Street Mall". Sparks Street Mall. 2003-12-04. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  5. ^ http://www.ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/archives/ottawa/city/web/a/a1/AMAY2000PED9.pdf
  6. ^ "Sparks Street Mall". Sparks Street Mall. 2003-12-04. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  7. ^ http://www.ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/archives/ottawa/city/web/a/a1/AMAY2000PED9.pdf
  • Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (2000), Ottawa: a guide to heritage structures, Ottawa: City of Ottawa: Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, ISBN 0-9686507-1-6 


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