Rideau Hall among sites given kudos
Ottawans pass by and admire their city’s heritage buildings daily, but some stand out above the others.
In a nod to the importance of heritage buildings, the city yesterday recognized 14 historically preserved structures and two Heritage Conservation Districts at its annual Architectural Conservation Awards and Heritage recognition ceremony.
Leading the pack were the restored Rideau Hall façade, 131 Queen St. and 132 Sparks St. and the Spa Day Retreat at 26 Castlefrank Dr. in Kanata.
Christiane Bauer believes the restored Rideau Hall, unveiled last fall, deserved to win an award of excellence in the restoration category.
"It’s a really well-recognized icon that Canadians visit and photograph. We’re very proud to have brought it back to its original state," said Bauer, director of official residences with the National Capital Commission and one of the project team members recognized at city hall yesterday.
The project restored the 1913 Mappin Wing. In addition to filling voids in the limestone façade and sculpting and replacing stone elements, a new copper roof was installed and air conditioning added.
A mixed-use office development at 131 Queen St. and 132 Sparks St. received an award of excellence for infill/adaptive use/restoration.
The project team wanted to maintain building’s historic features while maintaining the current amenities, said Susan Smithers, a leasing manager with Morguard Investments.
The Spa Day Retreat also won an award of excellence for adaptive use. The project adapted an 1824 historic stone residence to a modern spa that features a restored front porch and exposed stone walls.
These projects build on Ottawa’s existing heritage character, said Mayor Larry O’Brien.
Buildings earning certificates of merit, included 97-101 Rideau St., 202-212 Bolton St. and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the restoration category; the Indigo Hotel for adaptive use and 700 Sussex Dr. and 173 Stanley St. for infill/addition.