A Regular Palace

A Regular Palace

Don Butler, Maria Cook, Doug Fischer


For a hundred years, the area has walked throughout 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From the instant it opened in 1912, it used to be within the phrases of an outdated brochure "the position the place politics and delight, finance and model meet ... the hub of the capital's wheel of affairs, an excellent and valuable centre of Canadian life."

This used to be the place the Canadian govt manage transitority quarters whilst the Parliament structures burned in 1916. It was once where troops massed ahead of heading to struggle. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and labored on the resort. The CBC broadcast from it. The lengthy checklist of recognized site visitors contains 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 monstrous partitions of Indiana limestone. Gables of the warm-coloured stone are carved with vegetation, 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 number of tales and old images from the Ottawa Citizen.

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