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Sep
14
4:30 PM16:30

Tour: Living Together on Metcalfe

  • 368 Metcalfe Street Ottawa, ON, K2P 1S5 Canada (map)
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There was a time when Ottawa's Metcalfe Street had a feel that was not unlike Montreal's Golden Square Mile. As early as the 1910s, apartments began to spring up and they began to not only redefine Metcalfe, but Centretown more generally. 

While this is a short walk, it packs in a whole lot of history and is in many ways one of the few streets where Ottawa's hidden love for apartments is apparent.

This walk will be led by Christophe Ryan, a local historian who has always been interested in Centretown, and especially Metcalfe Street.

We'll meet at the corner of Gladstone and Metcalfe.  From there, we will walk north on Metcalfe to the corner of Laurier Ave. W. We do not anticipate any significant accessibility challenges on this route, though that is a reflection of my privilege. The narrowness of the sidewalks (thanks to 1950s traffic planning) and condition of the sidewalks may present challenges. Written materials will be provided upon request.

For more information, please visit the event listing on the Ottawa Jane's Walk website.

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Sep
12
4:30 PM16:30

Tour: Sandy Hill Housing Co-op Walk

Housing co-ops are diverse, affordable and vibrant places that are home to 250,000 Canadians. They bring people and communities together and are a part of the solution to Canada’s critical affordable housing shortage. But they are sometimes referred to in housing circles as a ‘best kept secret.’

We'll go behind the doors of housing co-ops and gain an insider’s view into this unique model of affordable, community-oriented housing. On this tour, we will visit two housing co-ops in Sandy Hill, Co-op Voisins and Conservation Co-op.  Learn about the award-winning design features of each and walk away with a better appreciation for this unique form of housing.

The walk will be led by Cynthia Mitchell, a co-op keener and a proud member of Co-op Voisins.

We’ll meet in the front walkway of Co-op Voisins (440 Wiggins Pvt, south of Mann Ave. east of Chapel Cres, near Robinson Field). After the tour there, we'll proceed to Conservation Co-op (140 Mann Ave).

For more information, please visit the event listing on the Ottawa Jane's Walk website. 

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Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Sketch Tour: Hintonburg Neighbourhood

  • Armstrong House (Richmond Lodge) (map)
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This is a walking and urban sketching tour at a few locations on a route in the diverse neighbourhood of Hintonburg. Hintonburg is a community in which to live and work, and is a desirable, central, and walkable destination for food, shopping, and entertainment. It is an area that has a lot of history, and the diverse mix of housing and other buildings showcase this transforming area that continues to add architectural diversity to its urban context.

Within the past decade, it has become a trendy central area of the city where new urban infill projects add diversity to the layer of heritage buildings and older homes. Traditionally, housing in the area was characterised by small lots and one-hundred-year-old wood clapboard homes, particularly at north of Wellington Street. That is not continuous but a strong character of the area that is changing amidst creative solutions to constrained sites and the broader discussion of maintaining affordability in housing while enabling architectural and zoning creativity.

This tour will meander through Hintonburg, along Armstrong and Wellington Streets, and cross-streets, to give a broad sense of this neighbourhood, its history, transitioning urban fabric and housing, as well as a rich understanding of some of its character buildings and new urban infill projects creatively inserted into this area.

The tour will be led by Linda Hoad, a Heritage Ottawa and Hintonburg Community Association Board Member who has extensive knowledge of the area. There is a sketching component, as you wish, led by a local Ottawa artist and urban sketcher, Colin White at a few stops on the route, including at the interesting and award-winning infill project, the Hintonburg Six. There, Jim Colizza, a principal of Colizza Bruni Architecture, will provide commentary on the project history and details.

Tour end stop is at the Hintonburg Public House, around 7:30pm, for some food, drinks and discussion.

This tour is rain or shine.  If weather is inclement, the sketching component and stop duration may be affected however would be decided on at that time only, per best interests of the tour and participants.  Space on the tour is limited, so we encourage committed interest by registrants, so that we can open up the spot to a waiting list entry as space is limited.

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Sep
11
4:30 PM16:30

Site tour of CCOC passive house rental development

  • 149 Arlington Avenue Ottawa, ON, K1R 5S6 Canada (map)
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Join us for a site tour of the new Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) building currently under construction at the corner of Arlington Avenue and Lyon Street North.

The three-storey, 16,000-square-foot building will be a mixture traditional townhouses and apartments, and it presents a redevelopment of the previous housing on the site to offer more family-oriented rental housing in Centertown.

Designed by Anthony Leaning of CSV Architects, the building is a passive house and meets a high standard of energy efficiency in order to reduce its ecological footprint. 

Several representatives from the project will join us to lead to the tour:

Anthony Leaning, Architect, CSV Architects
Ray Sullivan, Executive Director, CCOC
Kiefer Maracle, Development Project Manager, CCOC

Please note that because this is a tour of an active construction site, you must wear steel-toed boots and a hard hat during the tour. These will not be provided at the site, so we ask that you bring your own.

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You must register for this event via the Eventbrite link by Monday, Sept. 10 at 5:00 p.m,

 

 

 

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