By Don Butler, Maria Cook, Doug Fischer
For a hundred years, the realm has walked in the course of the foyer of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the grand lodge 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From the instant it opened in 1912, it was once within the phrases of an outdated brochure "the position the place politics and delight, finance and style meet ...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, a good and precious centre of Canadian life."
This was once the place the Canadian govt arrange transitority quarters while the Parliament structures burned in 1916. It used to be where troops massed prior to heading to struggle. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and labored on the lodge. The CBC broadcast from it. The lengthy checklist of well-known 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 mammoth partitions of Indiana limestone. Gables of the warm-coloured stone are carved with plants, scrolls and creâsts. Dormer home windows punctuate expanses of eco-friendly copper roof.
Learn extra in regards to the Chateau, its historical past and the folks in the back of it during this beautiful number of tales and ancient photographs from the Ottawa Citizen.
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M. you’ll see a plethora of parliamentarians, high-level public servants and diplomats. ” Though “it’s not exactly the normal after-work hangout of the NDP,” says Winnipeg MP Pat Martin, it’s ideal for hosting delegations or constituency visitors and for “high-level confidential” meetings over meals and drinks. “People from the diplomatic corps use that as a place to invite a politician that’s neutral territory, that’s close enough and still confidential, and of the right-fitting demeanour and atmosphere,” says Martin, chair of the government operations and estimates committee.
The barber shop, a fixture since 1918, closed. The lobby’s dark wood was lightened. The smoke shop became the Reading Room. In 1985, Zoë’s Lounge opened in a new glassed-in area overlooking Rideau Street. Lofty and daylit, it was the opposite of former bars and eateries such as the Colonel By Lounge, the Cafeteria, L’Auberge and the Canadian Grill, which were inward-looking and below-ground. Peacock Alley at the Château Laurier Hotel, circa 1960. Photo: Château Laurier Hotel Archives. In 1991, when the Canadian Grill closed, it signalled the end of an era.
I regularly meet a friend in Zoë to do what women (and men) have always done at the Château Laurier — discuss books, fashion, politics and the latest capital gossip, while watching the comings-and-goings on the street below. My friend and I wallow in nostalgia for the trains that once thundered into the now-neglected railway station across Rideau Street, and for the sauna and steam baths that once sent an aroma of damp cedar through the hotel’s basement. But times change . . and the Château Laurier has moved with them.