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Capturing the capital city: an architectural historian pens a keepsake collection

By Shruti Shekar      

Andrew Waldron walks readers through a journey of more than 300 architectural structures that define the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

National Gallery of Canada 380 Sussex Drive Moshe Safdie, Parkin/Safdie Architects, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander 1983–88 Canada’s National Gallery began as a modest collection of artwork for Parliament, but after passage of the National Gallery Act (1913), its first director, Eric Brown, began to collect works by a substantial number of emerging Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven. Once housed in the Victoria Building (C13), now the Canadian Museum of Nature, the collection never had a proper gallery. Competitions held in the 1950s and 1970s had no tangible results, except moving the gallery into the Lorne Building (Green, Blankstein, Russell & Associates 1958–60; demolished 2011). Searching for a new home, the National Gallery finally built a place to showcase its impressive art. Photograph courtesy of Peter Coffman

Whether you’re walking through the Byward Market, or crossing the bridge to Gatineau, Que., Andrew Waldron takes you on a journey exploring some of Ottawa’s romantic-styled architecture for readers to discover unnoticed gems of this government town.

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