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 throughout the foyer of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the grand lodge 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From the instant it opened in 1912, it was once within the phrases of an outdated brochure "the position the place politics and delight, finance and type meet ... the hub of the capital's wheel of affairs, an exceptional and necessary centre of Canadian life."
This was once the place the Canadian executive arrange transitority quarters whilst the Parliament constructions burned in 1916. It was once where troops massed sooner than heading to struggle. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and labored on the resort. The CBC broadcast from it. The lengthy checklist of recognized visitors comprises 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 gigantic partitions of Indiana limestone. Gables of the warm-coloured stone are carved with flora, scrolls and creâsts. Dormer home windows punctuate expanses of eco-friendly copper roof.
Learn extra concerning the Chateau, its background and the folks at the back of it during this beautiful number of tales and ancient images from the Ottawa Citizen.
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Extra resources for A Regular Palace: Celebrating 100 years of the Chateau Laurier
I watched former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, fresh from a disastrous interview on the BBC, lurking nervously at the margins. I wondered how Barbara Amiel-Black could look so astonishingly youthful, and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty so relentlessly cheerful. Politicians can get their noses out of joint, if they aren’t invited to “P&P” or they are sitting at the wrong table. But disjointed noses are all part of the Château’s rich tradition. The very first politician to get in a nasal snit was the man after whom the hotel was named: Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
But Padolsky says there were strong advocates for conservation within the agency, as well. In the end, Canada’s 100th birthday bought the building a reprieve. The NCC “didn’t want to have a vacant wasteland in downtown Ottawa for centennial year,” says Jeanes. Moreover, there were few public washrooms in the city core, and the station’s facilities could serve the anticipated hordes of visitors. So for a year, the building became the Centennial Centre and demolition was put on hold. The plan was still to tear it down in 1968.
In 1991, the former spa rooms adjacent to the swimming pool were renovated into a fitness facility. In 1929, the Citizen reported a “shock of surprise” to see Pacific Coast aboriginal art in the Jasper Tea Room. The room, which featured columns carved into totem poles surrounding a dance floor, was designed by Edwin Holgate, considered the eighth member of the Group of Seven artists. A waterfall splashed into a pool. Subdued lighting from lamps decorated with motifs of bears, eagles and crows added atmosphere to the windowless room.
A Regular Palace: Celebrating 100 years of the Chateau Laurier by Don Butler, Maria Cook, Doug Fischer