Sunday, June 15, 2014

Greece In Ottawa

An architect of the first part of the 20th Century was a recurring theme this year for Doors Open. W.E. Noffke designed several buildings or worked on modifications for buildings.This residence sits in the south end of the Glebe, overlooking the Rideau Canal. This was the first year the home has participated in Doors Open, and I hope it does so again. It is the official residence of the Greek Ambassador.

It dates back to 1910, and is stunning inside.

With the official status of the residents, that includes some ancient art, including this Greek statue.

This bust is one of Alexander The Great.

I liked the look of this cabinet.

Quite a pleasant dining room to be in, I would say.


  1. It certainly looks stunning! How beautiful!

  2. It looks solid! And it is probably served good Greek food and wine there.

  3. A stunning building and I love the inside views!

  4. A beautiful place, I feel somewhat familiar with the inside views...

  5. That is nice they opened their home for the public, I always like it to have a look inside.

  6. Nice digs, but up there the ambassador sure is a long way from the sun-kissed islands of his home. :-)

  7. ... almost too nice to live in. Beautiful.

  8. nice that they open homes, too. this is quite grand.

  9. Fabulous. But did you get a go on the water slide in the garden?

  10. @Linda: I have passed by it many times and always felt curious.

    @Gunn: no doubt!

    @Karl: thank you.

    @VP: the design does have a classic feel.

    @Bieb: with luck they will do so again.

    @Revrunner: winters are certainly a lot diiferent than in Greece.

    @Hilary: I think so.

    @birdman: almost!

    @Tex: it really is.

  11. Love the open doors weekend William, an often surprising insight into another world.

  12. I love looking inside houses!
    Jane x

  13. Ah now that is particularly interesting and yes, a wonderful place.

    But what on earth is that green plastic worm?

  14. How wonderful to get to go inside. I am always curious about the floor plans of cretain houses. MB

  15. How fun to tour a fine home like that one. They even covered the steps leading to the porch! I like that the roof of the porch is also a second floor deck.

  16. @Mike: hah! Good one!

    @Grace: it's a good weekend to be curious.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Jane and Chris: this concept allows for a lot of that.

    @Lauren: thank you!

    @Ciel: I should have made note of that. It's the covered staircase down to the sidewalk.

    @MB: this one's a real beauty.

    @Judy: it's quite a walk up from the sidewalk. Even the driveway off to the side is a climb.

    @Sharon: It really is.

  17. Now this is a place you would never get into without Doors Open! Nice!

  18. It even looks Greek! Great pix!

  19. It looks like a real showcase, and it's on quite a perch, too. I'll bet it has a very nice view.

  20. So much history and tradition. Wonderful photo-journalism.

  21. Ah, I hadn't thought of that, but perhaps several embassies open their doors, which would be very interesting to see. They don't usually skimp on details!

  22. My friends have a grand cabinet in their foyer looks quite similar to this one here in wood and design. I LOVE older home's style and grandeur. Thanks for sharing.

  23. @RedPat: definitely not, so the chance to get inside was welcome.

    @Marleen: it was a privilege to get in there.

    @Cheryl: thank you.

    @Mari: alas, that was the case.

    @Kay: it certainly does!

    @Greensboro: thank you.

    @Hamilton: several embassies and ambassador's residences participated, and I went to some of them. Some of them tend to rotate- this year the British High Commissioner's home was open, for instance (missed it), and next year it'll probably be the French ambassador's home.

    @CIndy: you're most welcome!

  24. 'Tis of unquestioned elegance, for sure. Not where I'd want to live, but I wouldn't mind a visit. Thanks for sharing these photos!

  25. I love homes of this period, and how interesting to see the interior as well. I enjoyed the "homes open" you posted yesterday, too. What an incredible organ.


  26. I love Doors Open events. That's a lovely example of a Henri II dresser.

  27. With such fragile, historic items, I would've kept my hands clasped together behind my back the whole tour.

  28. Great architecture, beautiful house!

  29. Funny, all the years we were in Ottawa, I never visited these! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Another interesting site.
    Alexander the Great, though similar to the Sphinx? :)

  31. That looks like some kind of slip 'n slide.

  32. That is so interesting! Seeing where the Greek ambassador lives. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

  33. @Lowell: you're welcome!

    @Norma: I've always liked it.

    @Genie: thank you!

    @Rosemary: I can't imagine how heavy that thing would be.

    @Hilda: I was certainly like that around the artifacts.

    @Jose: thank you!

    @Jennifer: I think Smith's Falls has a Doors Open.

    @Mariusz: there's a similarity in the face.

    @Whisk: I think the ambassador might not approve!

    @Evi: thank you!