Monday, November 16, 2015

The Old Town Hall

This is a view from 1912, sent to me by Linda at Linda's Peaceful Place. This building, once a town hall, is on Main Street, in a portion of the city founded as a village, Ottawa East. Years after this photo was taken, the village was incorporated into the city. These days the building is referred to as the Old Town Hall, and it is now used a community centre. 

The place hasn't changed that much over the years since then, though the street before it is undergoing major upgrades at present. The building itself is having some work done outside, a replacement of the front steps and accessibility ramp, so the back door is the present entrance.


  1. How cool!

    ALOHA, Friend


  2. The girls on the Cover of your Daily Photo are asking you to put more clothes, because is making already cold (just kidding).


  3. Now and Then. Like seeing the differences are over the years. Pleasing that the building is still there.

  4. Love the Now and then's! Great building! Great way to start the week!


  5. I also love the now and then's, mostly the then's :)

  6. I love those old brick buildings.

  7. Isn't that interesting! I love renos and old photos!

  8. The building is still standing strong as ever. Love the fencing around the building.

  9. It's been nicely maintained. I love that peek into the past.

  10. To me, it makes good sense to keep buildings...older buildings. You show why as there's a lot of history behind this one.

  11. @Cloudia: I thought so!

    @Tex: a requirement at present! At least the construction around the building isn't like the road, which at present is quite a mess!

    @Tomas: they wouldn't be walking around like that today!

    @Lauren: a community centre is a very good use for it now.

    @Janis: thank you.

    @Karl: I wonder what people of that day would make of how things have changed.

    @Tanya: thanks!

    @Stuart: me too.

    @Jennifer: one of these days I'll have to have a peek inside.

    @Norma: thank you!

    @Nancy: the wooden one's meant to shelter the yard- I think a daycare operates out of here as well.

    @Sharon: thank you!

    @Linda: thanks for sending it!

  12. I very much enjoy seeing then and now photos! Thanks, William!

  13. A very interesting comparison and a beautiful and well maintained old building.

  14. It is looking to be in fine shape!

  15. It's a good-looking building, well-preserved and continues to be of service. Can't beat that!

  16. @Red: it's good that it's been kept up.

    @EG: you're welcome.

    @VP: I really have to pop in sometime and have a look at the interior.

    @RedPat: that it is, and it made sense to do the work outside now while things on the street are so chaotic anyway.

    @Lowell: definitely can't!

    @Beth: me too.

  17. Sounds like a good use for a grand old building such as that.

  18. A fine old building. Great photos!

  19. Very interesting History and I too love the red bricks.

  20. @Marleen: I find myself wondering how many people have passed through its doors since it was built.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Revrunner: it is.

    @Ciel: I like it. I had no idea until I was digging into this that Ottawa East had been a separate village.

    @Denise: thank you!

    @Carolann: I do too.

  21. A fine looking building William and an interesting history...

  22. A great way to use a perfectly salvageable building.

  23. I really like vintage shots being compared to current ones.

  24. It's nice to see that a solid old building has withstood the test of time and it's a treat to see it documented in the then and now photos.