Sunday, June 21, 2015

Royal College

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons participated once again this year in Doors Open after missing last year. The organization is housed in a former convent on the south side of the Rideau Canal. It is an administrative centre as opposed to an educational college; while medical students come here for testing, they're set mostly in hospitals over a wide area.


When this was a convent, this particular area was open to the elements; the College had it redesigned with a sun roof letting in a lot of light. It is now the main entrance of the largest building on the property.


This spiral stairs is in what is now used as a library space. In the convent days, this was one half of a chapel for the nuns, who lived in seclusion. One wall was open so that during mass, the priest could be seen by the nuns as he preached in the adjoining chapel, which was open to the public.


That second chapel was through this doorway. The space is now used as a conference hall, and the stained glass windows have been preserved.






37 comments:

  1. The building is amazing and stained glass windows magnificent! Love your new header!

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  2. That is a wonderful job of repurposing! And I'll reiterate VP's comment about your new header.

    Thanks for the info on closing down a blog. I didn't realize that was happening!

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  3. A beautiful building. Nice new header, too!

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  4. Nice photo's and a nice header too,

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  5. The college is a really nice space with many lovely features William.. and I join with the others in saying fabulous news header shot!

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  6. living as a cloistered nun would just be so strange! :)

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  7. A beautiful facility, regardless of what it is used for. Glad you got to see it inside and out!

    Janis
    GDP

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  8. @Sharon: and it's very photogenic.

    @VP: it's a building with a lot of character.

    @Revrunner: it was good that the college preserved them.

    @Lowell: it would have been a shame to tear it down. I have seen other blogs get closed down and months later spam would turn up from that same blog, so spammers have a way of hijacking. It's best to just leave the blog open but not used.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Marianne: thanks!

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Tex: I can't imagine it.

    @Janis: it's a wonderful building. I was glad it took part again.

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  9. Now whoever saw that the convent could be made into an administrative center had a good head. It looks like the building was well renovated so that the best of the convent was kept. I like the background of how the convent operated.

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  10. The stained glass windows do it again for me in this post, I like the blue colors.

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  11. I lived just down the street from a Sisters of Mercy convent. I still get the shivers!

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  12. btw Your banner would be super in winter, frozen ice, some skaters, bridge college in background.You are welcome. Think about it. No finder fee needed. hahaha

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  13. This event must be so much fun. I love that staircase.

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  14. So beautiful. I would have like to have seen it when it was a convent. A wonderful job of restoring though. Love the stained glass windows. Good for Open Doors.
    MB

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  15. wow, this is soooo beautiful!

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  16. Beautiful coat of arms and great atmosphere thanks to the stained glass windows.

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  17. I like the stairs, though I would not want them in my home. I do find them pretty to look at.

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  18. Nice! I love their emblem, too.

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  19. Wow!!! I think I'd enjoy a conference held there!!! Hope all is well with you!!!

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  20. A very interesting interior William...

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  21. Nice looking campus. Love your new banner photo too.

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  22. I like the flood of light in that second shot. They did a good job of modifying the space.

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  23. @Red: it was a wonderful adaptation of space.

    @Jan: these windows are so colourful, I've always thought. Keeping them was the right thing to do.

    @Birdman: I like to say Sisters Of Little Or No Mercy. And actually, I have used that very image before as a winter header, shot from the other side of the Canal.

    @Judy: it's quite a staircase!

    @Jackie: I've always thought so.

    @MB: there are certain differences when looking at period photos.

    @Gunn: thank you!

    @Jose: those windows really give that room such a good mood.

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  24. @RedPat: I figured I'd get some interesting reactions about the windows!

    @Whisk: one would not want to have to go up and down them all day.

    @Norma: thank you!

    @Linda: me too.

    @Chieftess: all is well, yes.

    @Geoff: I was pleased to know it was participating again this year.

    @Randy: thank you.

    @Jack: the architects who handled the conversion really knew what they were doing.

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  25. Nice renovation! So nice they were able to keep much of the old convent!

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  26. This is really beautiful! The sunroof is such a nice touch.

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  27. Thank goodness they had enough sense to preserve those magnificent glass stained windows.

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  28. It's an excellent example of redesign! I love it! You must have taken 100s of photo on your trek!

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  29. This is a great spot to visit and photograph more than once!

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  30. Looks great and beautiful buildning.
    Hugs

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