Booth House is a few blocks down from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. It is designed in the Queen Anne Revival Style, and serves today as residence and classes for the Laurentian Leadership Centre, a satellite campus of Trinity Western University. The students spend a year here, taking some classes on site while doing internships with political offices or non-governmental agencies.
The house dates back to 1906, first owned by the tycoon J.R. Booth, who made his fortune in lumber and railways, and had a formidable financial empire of his own. Booth had the place built according to his own specifications, with the wood inside including each type his timber operations cut. He lived an exceedingly long life, from 1827-1925, leaving behind a huge legacy. That includes Algonquin Park, where he had timber rights. Visitors to the Park today can find traces of his own railroad, now a pathway for hikers. They can find his name on Booth Lake and on a glorious hiking trail named in homage for him.
Much of the interior details in the house today are as Booth would have seen them. The main floor has a series of rooms with an old fashioned sensibility to them. Classrooms are up on the second floor, while the residence is on the third floor, where the servants quarters used to be.
This stained glass window caught my eye.
As did this detail of woodcarving.
For a time the private Laurentian Club owned the house. The university came in later with their program.
A portait of the great man still hangs here in the house. Perhaps along with a ghost or two?