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 during the foyer of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the grand resort 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From the instant it opened in 1912, it used to be within the phrases of an outdated brochure "the position the place politics and delight, finance and style meet ... the hub of the capital's wheel of affairs, an exceptional and precious centre of Canadian life."

This was once the place the Canadian govt organize transitority quarters whilst the Parliament structures burned in 1916. It was once where troops massed ahead of heading to warfare. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and labored on the lodge. The CBC broadcast from it. The lengthy record of well-known 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 big 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 in the back of it during this beautiful choice of tales and historic photographs from the Ottawa Citizen.

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Exultant Ottawans greeted Barbara Ann Scott after the Ottawa figure skater captured gold at the 1948 Lake Placid Olympics. Inside the main concourse of Union Station, Ottawa, circa 1950s. The train station was conveniently located across the street from the Château Lauier Hotel. Photo: National Capital Commission. Then there was Elvis. When he arrived at Union Station in 1957 for a show in Ottawa, his handlers directed him to a baggage annex. ” The station was the scene of more sombre events, as well.

There was an out-of-court settlement and he claimed plagiarism up to his death in 1911. 5 million for the hotel and $525,000 for the station. The Château plan stayed close to Gilbert’s original design but with cost-savings such as bringing bathrooms against the hallway, where they lost their windows. However, Ross and MacFarlane’s train station was new. Their stripped Beaux Arts classicism was less expensive than Gilbert’s more ornate neo-Gothic architecture. The great barrel vaulted halls, which suited the scale of crowds and the ambition of the railways, were copies of the Baths of Diocletian or Caracalla in Rome, and were faced with Roman travertine stone, never before used in North America.

Those ideas, among others, came to naught. Waiting room of Union Station in the 1950s. The train station was connected to the Château Laurier Hotel across Rideau Street by a tunnel, which is still used today. Photo: National Capital Commission. In 2005, the government reaffirmed the building as a Conference Centre. According to Public Works, that’s still the plan. Today, its 29 meeting rooms are heavily used. “I’ve been told that they hold about 1,200 meetings in that building every year,” Jeanes says.

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