Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stone's throw

I noticed this view in early February, which shows three stone buildings on Elgin Street: the former Normal School (Teacher's College) that is now the Heritage Building wing of City Hall, Knox Church at Lisgar, and the stone house (now rental apartments) behind the stores on Elgin at Cooper, the name of which escapes me.

The Fairmont Château Laurier is also in the background of the photo.

[Look for more one-photo posts under the label Singles]


  1. I currently live in the "stone house" and know nothing about it. If you have any information I would be very interested.

  2. This house at 201 Cooper, was built for lumber merchant William Mackey in 1888-89 and occupied in 1890. It has not been heritage designated but appears basically unaltered.

    Topley photographed it in 1901 but it is misidentified in the LAC catalogue (PA-028190) as the house of MP Davis, 565 Rideau.

    The property originally had an extensive garden on both sides and stables at the back, according to the fire insurance map of 1901 (sheet 52).

    There appears to be no heritage designated all-stone house in centretown. The nearest one west of the Rideau Canal is Abbotsford at 950 Bank Street or the Armstrong house in Hintonburg, but neither was built as a “town” house.

    David Jeanes

  3. I have been searching my family history and found this address as the place where my dad was born in 1923. At the time and according to the Ottawa City directory of 1923 it was Dr. W.E. Caven's private maternity hospital.