Some of you will know Linda from her blog Linda's Peaceful Place. She was doing a search on historic Montreal for her blog and came across a picture dating back to 1953 here in Ottawa, and sent it onto me. It's the old Auditorium, a hockey arena that once stood here in the city before being torn down.
I did some looking around online to see where it might be so that I could photograph the current location. It stands along Argyle Street downtown, between O'Connor and Metcalfe, where today the YMCA stands, serving as an athletics facility, community centre, and social support agency. This is the view today.
Linda also sent me this period picture on Sparks Street, dating back to 1956. Back then cars were still allowed on the street. That movie theatre is long gone, replaced by a bank. The street has changed, but the Hardy Arcade is still there, its sign now embedded on the wall of the building. Yousuf Karsh had his portrait studio in the Hardy Arcade at the time. I've matched the first photo up with a current look at the buildings.