Saturday, March 30, 2013

Some history from Vanier, the ByWard Market and the Glebe

Photy by Jamie McCaffrey courtesy of Flickr
(Creative Commons)

If you are interested in the history of Ottawa, then several recent blog posts may interest you.

Vanier Now has a short history about the first sugar shack in Richelieu Park, which was constructed around 1940 by the Society of Missionaries of Africa, known as the White Fathers.  In 1998, volunteers constructed today's sugar shack on the same site.  In another post, Vanier Now tells the story of 159 Montreal Road, currently the home of the Vanier Grill, but which opened originally in the 1880s as only the second general store in Janeville, known as the Durocher Grocery Store (Épicerie Durocher).

Urbsite has a post on the Nepean Point Footbridge, which furnished an elevated walkway between Nepean Point and Majors Hill Park, but which was dismantled by the National Capital Commission in 1958-59.  The story contains numerous captivating photos of what Ottawa used to look like more than half-a-century ago.  A separate post on Urbsite recounts the story of the Union du Canada building in the Byward Market that is slated to undergo major changes.

Finally, GlebeSite has posted pictures of a wedding of a Miss Gwen Clemow that took place at 193 Clemow in the Glebe in September 1910.  You can see a current image of the same house on Google Maps.

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