Friday, January 8, 2016

All We Need Is The Moat

The Connaught Building is designed in a Tudor-Gothic style, dating back to 1913. It is set downtown, between the Chateau Laurier and the Byward Market. It serves as headquarters for the Canada Revenue Agency, so for those Canadians who grumble when it comes time to sort out their tax returns, this is the bane of your existence. These photos are from the same day as yesterday's post- the Peacekeeping Monument is up the street, and this was before we had the first serious snow of the season.

35 comments:

  1. It seems an impregnable fortress.

    Tomás.

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  2. Sorting out one's tax return is something no one enjoys doing. A very big castle!

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  3. The strength of the architecture is suited to this building's purpose. Like it a lot. Happy New Year to you William.

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  4. Such beautiful, stately architecture!

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  5. I especially love your last photo! :)

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  6. Goodness me this is a mammoth building William, strong and fortress like, impregnable.. can you tell I'm impressed :)

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  7. The street lights give us an idea of the scale of the building. Wow!

    Janis
    GDP

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  8. I agree with Grace. Fortress came to mind.

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  9. my goodness, that is huge!! beautiful!!

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  10. @Cloudia: a fitting term.

    @Tomas: so it seems.

    @Nancy: the castle aspect of it seems to ring true... of course, where is the keep?

    @Lauren: thank you.

    @Halcyon: indeed!

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Grace: I would love to take a look inside.

    @Janis: it is a big one.

    @Janey: an appropriate term.

    @Tanya: thank you!

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  11. AH, so THAT"S the building! It's much nicer looking than I had imagined, but it sure is BIG!

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  12. I agree with Tanya, huge and beautiful !

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  13. I'm impressed with the entrance to the building. It's a name that is familiar to most, but wasn't it used for some other govt. dept?

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  14. I know it is not the best of styles, but I really like this Tudor-Gothic building!

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  15. Quite a building. I do like the large doorway.
    MB

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  16. Now that is a building that was built to last!

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  17. @EG: I have no idea how much of the processing work gets done here- I know there are other CRA offices.

    @Karl: I'd love to get inside someday.

    @Red: according to what I found, it was initially used as a customs house.

    @VP: it's an unusual blend of architectural styles.

    @MB: I do too- all of them!

    @Sharon: definitely, yes.

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  18. A moat would definitely be a good idea!

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  19. Wonderful building for such nasty business! ;-))

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  20. Very impressive, I really like the second shot.

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  21. It is a very dominant building, not so inviting to enter...

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  22. i love the front doors with those lights. very cool. remind me a of military school in our area of VA. way cool. have a great weekend, William. stay out of trouble, right? ha. ha! ( :

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  23. I like the 'entree', with the windows, the curves, the lights. Perfect.

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  24. @Mo: it is.

    @Norma: it'll keep the angry tax payers from storming the castle!

    @RedPat: definitely!

    @Ciel: this is the first time I've really featured the place on its own. It's a building I do like- even for the purpose it serves!

    @Marianne: I expect it has a good deal of security!

    @Beth: I'll try to stay out of trouble!

    @Marleen: I hope this place ends up on the Doors Open circuit this year. I think it did last year.

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  25. Stunning piece of architecture. And love the doorway design highlighted in the last photo.

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  26. Love the snow in your header. The architecture in this building is really fascinating.

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  27. Yes indeed a moat, what a great idea William, it would just finish this building off plus it might keep angry taxpayers at bay....

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  28. It looks foreboding enough to be suitable for a governmental tax building.

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  29. Whoa! This is one imposing building! What a grand entrance, too.

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  30. That's another impressive building again, it almost looks like a castle.

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