The first of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo. For the first of March, the theme this time out is Aging, or Ageing, depending on which version of the word you use (this is one of those few occasions where we Canadians use the American version of the spelling). Julie from Sydney came up with the theme this time out. You can find other interpretations of the theme at this link.
I had decided on this house for the theme early on- though this is in fact an unpublished shot from late November 2013. Abbotsford House dates back to the 1870s, located in the Glebe. At that time, it was a home for the elderly poor (who were dubiously referred to as inmates). Today the Gothic Revival house serves as a senior's community centre with a variety of programs throughout the week for people from the age of 55 and up. A retirement home building is on one side, and a nursing home on the other, so there is plenty of activity to be found inside. For the public, it is open for a Christmas bazaar in the fall, and it has participated in Ottawa's Doors Open program on a regular basis. Abbotsford is a beautiful place, both inside and outside.