Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Old Stone And Science

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for the first of October is Shelter. And for those readers in the Ottawa area, the National Arts Centre has an open house this coming Sunday, starting at noon.

While the French embassy is on the eastern side of the parkland surrounding the Rideau River where it comes to an end, this building is on the west side. It houses facilities of the National Research Council, a science and technology organization dating back to the First World War. The building dates back to 1932, and is built in the Beaux-Arts style.

Tomorrow I'll start showing you Rideau Falls Park, on and around Green Island.


  1. Shelter will be an interesting theme. I have the feeling we will see a lot of bus stops.

  2. Building to the service of the science.


  3. A beautiful building, William !

  4. Love the beaux-arts style! Thanks for the reminder for October theme!


  5. Love the square style of the Beaux Arts style and the combination of square and arched windows.

  6. Grand old building William, very imposing....

  7. Sad that they don't build too many of these anymore.

  8. I had not heard of Beaux Arts style before reading your post, but it is certainly distinctive. It must have something to do with the square shape with the arched windows?

  9. That is a very official looking building.

  10. I've always been a supported of the National research council and am just furious about the Dark one's gutting of the science research programs . You need to rant on that one. I guess I should check your other blog.

  11. @Siddhartha: I do think so.

    @Halcyon: I have one shot already, taken during Doors Open. I'm waiting on another location, which is currently inaccessible, but I've got a backup or two in mind.

    @Tomas: indeed!

    @Karl: it is. The headquarters for the NRC is off to the east, and it's much more modern and utilitarian.

    @VP: I like it a lot, and it's in such a good location.

    @Janis: I figure people had better start thinking about it!

    @Grace: it's a beautiful style. We don't have too much of it here.

    @Geoff: I think it would look quite different on a dark and stormy night.

    @Janey: it is. It's such an eye catching style, but seems to be rare.

    @Jennifer: that's what I've thought any time I've been by it.

    @Linda: I think so, yes.

    @Sharon: and a grand location too!

    @Red: with luck, inside of a month we'll have them thrown out and a new government can come in that doesn't muzzle scientists. I'm planning on doing a blog a few days before the election over at the other blog. I'll make note of it here.

  12. Those buildings are such Pride to your Provence. Spotless everything in and out..

  13. It's a wonderful building. I just wish I knew more about architectural styles...I mean, I know this isn't the "chicken coop" style, but that's about it.

    Reminds me of a large high school built here in the 1950s.

  14. That's a nice building, the first photo is my favorite today.

  15. @Linda: thanks!

    @RedPat: it has a lot of character, I think.

    @Norma: it certainly is.

    @Carolann: it looks well looked after.

    @Lowell: some of those older schools can have style all to themselves.

    @Cloudia: I certainly thought so.

    @Tex: quite imposing.

    @Jan: mine too. I took it earlier in the afternoon before heading over to Rideau Hall. The second and third are from when I came back.

  16. Ottawa has some beautiful buildings. I like those arched windows.

  17. This is sturdy, beautiful building.

  18. OH! Lucky you to get to go to the open house!

  19. A grand building. Especially love how recessed pillars frame the window - as featured in the last photo.

  20. @Mari: definitely.

    @Denise: that it is.

    @Tammie: quite so.

    @Kay: so do I.

    @Orvokki: indeed.

    @EG: I enjoyed it.

    @Whisk: very much so.

    @Gemma: I do too.