The Hardy Arcade is a building downtown between Sparks and Queen Streets. It dates back to the 1930s, and has been extensively remodeled in the decades since. These days offices, a gym, and a restaurant can be found in here. I like both entrances, starting here at Sparks Street.
The passage down to Queen goes down a ramp, reflecting the fact that you're coming away from Parliament Hill.
The photographer Yousuf Karsh had his studios here in the Arcade for some time before moving operations over to the Chateau Laurier. A display has been set aside in the corridor with several of his works, including a self portrait at the left. His brother Malak's legacy features prominently in our Tulip Festival.
The exit down here at Queen Street reflects the entrance one block north. I like the style of the building, from that ramp inside to the style of the signs at both entrances.
What an interesting building. I love exploring anything like this.ReplyDelete
Very big building!ReplyDelete
I like this architecture (and lettering)!ReplyDelete
You do have some beautiful old buildings in Ottawa! Fun that this one goes through from one street to the next.ReplyDelete
Love the ArtDeco details the outside of the building.ReplyDelete
'Tis a gorgeous old building. I love these kinds of arcades. There was one in Paris we visited filled with wonderful shops.ReplyDelete
Denise: so do I!ReplyDelete
Weekend: it is big enough for the site.
Elaine: there are a couple of other such building here that do so, but not this directly.
Halcyon: that draws me right in too.
Lowell: I rather would like to see this one filled with shops.
Love the 1930's styling!ReplyDelete
Beautiful and interesting building.ReplyDelete
It is a nice building. I like the old style lettering in the signs!ReplyDelete
an inside ramp is unique!ReplyDelete
I would certainly have a good look at the photo display. The building has a nice old style!ReplyDelete
You don't see these kinds of arcades very much any longer. That's too bad.ReplyDelete
Nice Deco style!ReplyDelete
I can only think of one arcade building in Toronto - near Yorkdale, but I'm sure there must be more.ReplyDelete
This is a gorgeous building you have highlighted.
@Jane and Chris: this stretch of downtown tends to get eclectic. Modern buildings near century old buildings.ReplyDelete
@Luis: I agree!
@Lois: it's such a distinctive font.
@Tex: that it is.
@Marleen: he had such a great style in his photography.
@Sharon: it's good that this one is preserved.
@Jackie: this is the only one I can think of here.
I am glad they kept it slightly old-fashioned!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous old building, tipically 1930's styling!ReplyDelete
I have a soft spot for arcades!ReplyDelete
This is so cool, William!ReplyDelete
I haven't seen an arcade in....I can't remember how long it's been!ReplyDelete
What a fun looking place. Love the font of the letterine!ReplyDelete
... that's LETTERING!!!ReplyDelete
Very beautiful photos. It is a pleasure to know your blog.ReplyDelete
Best wishes from Brazil: Geraldo
@VP: it has character... which can sometimes be lacking in these renovations.ReplyDelete
@Cheryl: I wish we had more of them.
@Linda: I think so too.
@Norma: I've seen the odd one in other photoblogs.
@Greensboro: I figured!
It is a fine art deco building. And, Karsh? A brush with greatness!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! It seems very bright for a long corridor like the one you've shown. And how nice that Karsh's association is remembered. His portraits are spectacular and his life story is both sad and very interesting.ReplyDelete
wow, what a life it must have had!ReplyDelete
@Jack: the Karsh family have so much history here in Ottawa.ReplyDelete
@Kay: he and his brother Malak were the best of the best in their elements of photography.
@Tanya: a lot of history in that building.
love that art deco gem!ReplyDelete
It's nice to see it preserved.Delete
What was the name of the restaurant at the Queen St. entrance in the 60's was it not Italian?ReplyDelete
I have no idea. I've looked around at a few places online, but nothing yet.Delete
Anne Heggtveit was an Olympic gold medal winning skier. Her parents had a danish furniture store at the Sparks St. end.ReplyDelete
My mother worked with Karsh in the mid 1950s till he moved to the Chateau Laurier. She walked by the store every work day and often went in. Our house was furnished with what is now known as "mid century modern" bought there.
I had a former landlady work with him as well, probably earlier than that, at this location.Delete