Gone, gone, gone…

September 14, 2009

Well, the inevitable happened…

The White House, my favorite abandoned house and most frequent photographic subject, was torn down sometime last month.

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It isn’t alone…

“Rideau Fire”, the hulking brick house on First Line has gone to make way for yet another housing development. Monster homes for people who want “the country life” living cheek-by-jowl with their neighbours.

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In May, 2005, I was lucky enough to have gone out to take photos of the old Pappas summer resort cottages.

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"Keep Out"

They were torn down 5 days later.

468 Bank Street

June 9, 2009

In researching some of the painted wall advertisements, here in Ottawa, I came across one I hadn’t seen before.

It was apparently revealed when the flagship Tommy and Lefevbre burned down, earlier this year. It was fragmented from earlier demolitions, it seems, and so only parts of the original painting was visible. What was visible was very well preserved.

Today, I headed down to the spot to take my own photos of the wall. It was gone.

MikeyG. who posts his amazing photos on Flickr had taken possibly the only photos of the piece which is now lost to history.

He very graciously sent me a copy so I could post it, here.

468 Bank, Spring 2009

468 Bank, Spring 2009

Unfortunately, I have so far been unable to find the names of the businesses advertised. The horizontal one appears to be for auction rooms. There were a number in Ottawa, though I couldn’t find any mention of one on Bank Street.

The “auto accessories”, likewise, I was unable to come up with a corresponding business. If I am not mistaken, there is a building around the corner on Flora or Arlington which was a fairly big auto repair business dating back to the 1920s. I wonder if they are related?

I looked through the city directories between 1901 and 1923, available online, and while the 1923 directory is the first to list the address, it is noted as “vacant”. I may have to go to the library and see if they have the directories for the next few years.

My thanks to MikeyG. for allowing me to include his photo.

I don’t know much about G.A. Snider. There are a number of fonds at the National Archives of Canada which contain examples of his work. His shop was at 134 Bank Street and then at 123. He lived, I believe, on Rideau Terrace, in New Edinburgh. The rest of the photos can be seen here.

Bank and Laurier Streets

Bank and Laurier Streets

Signe visible half way up the block

Sign visible half way up the block

G.A. Snider ~ Photographer

G.A. Snider ~ Photographer

I like the juxtaposition of the 100+ year old sing and the satellite dishes!

I like the juxtaposition of the 100+ year old sign and the satellite dishes!

Westboro Wall

June 8, 2009

Westboro Wall, circa 1927

Westboro Wall, circa 1927

This wall was revealed when a neighbouring building was torn down. For many years it was only visible from an alley between the two buildings. That’s why I never saw it before.

Unfortunately, the building upon which it is painted is slated for demolition. The whole Westboro neighbourhood which has long been a quiet one with trendy shops is now busy, with more and more high-end trendy shops going in. Like many such neighbourhoods, it is falling victim to its own charm and many of the charming old buildings are being torn down and replaced by swank condominiums and expensive shops.

The sign has advertisements for Imperial Premier Gasoline and Stevenson Hardware. Stevenson Hardware had advertisements in the 1927 “History of Westboro”.

Westboro Wall

Westboro Wall