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.