Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Temple Of Science

Since I am busy here at the moment, take a look at my writer's blog for a photo post today on last weekend's Dragon Boat Festival here in Ottawa.

The National Research Council marked its centennial year in 2016. Founded by the federal government during the First World War, the NRC continues its mandate of scientific research and technology. Here on Sussex Drive, on the west side of the Rideau Falls area, can be found what is called the Temple of Science. It was part of the Doors Open event this year. The Temple dates to 1932, houses laboratories, and was designed to be a work of art in and of itself. This is not the headquarters of the organization- that is elsewhere in the city- but it is an architectural marvel.

Heading for the entrance, I paused to photograph the building across the street. This is the Pearson Building, part of the headquarters for our foreign ministry (the Diefenbaker Building, which is to the east,  makes up the rest of the headquarters). This building was also on the Doors Open list this year, but I didn't go in, though I have before for Doors Open.

The building's architecture, of limestone with Italian influences, is a visual delight. The agency's researchers have included Nobel winners. I stepped in to photograph around the lobby area.


  1. ...lots of nice architectural details, I like the stair case.

  2. Indeed, an architectural marvel. So sturdy!

  3. Hello, pretty building, I like the staircase! Have a happy day!

  4. @Francisco: thank you!

    @Tom: it is quite a building.

    @Janis: they built this to last.

    @Jennifer: it certainly is.

    @Catarina: I agree.

    @Marie: definitely.

    @Eileen: thank you!

  5. You said it was a visual delight and yes, it is very eye catching.

  6. Lovely photos of the stairs and arches. Quite beautiful.

  7. I like both photos of the stairs. Lines and curves, nice!

  8. I too like the stairs and arches. Lovely design.

  9. That's a very solid looking government building.

  10. @Red: it is a building meant to impress.

    @Jeanie: thank you!

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Pat: it was well designed.

    @Sharon: they built this one just right.

  11. What a wonderful staircase that is!

  12. Beautiful, the staircase is very impressive.

  13. I'm a fan of the long shining corridors and the stairways.

  14. Great historical building ~ favorite are the stairway photos ~ very creative!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. arches are everywhere. love the staircase. love all the details. ( :

  16. @RedPat: it is!

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Jan: so am I.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Beth: I do as well.

  17. The woodwork on that staircase is superb!

  18. Lovely building, and you've taken some fine shots of it.

  19. That staircase is extraordinary.

  20. A visual delight indeed William! The 1930's were a good year for architecture!

  21. Isn't that staircase wonderful.

    All the best Jan

  22. I too like that staircase but would not like to walk up it as these days I prefer to ride up and walk down.

  23. @Mari: it's quite a staircase.

    @Kay: thank you.

    @Catalyst: it is.

    @Grace: they were!

    @Jan: definitely!

    @Beatrice: I can see it being problematic if one has knee problems. I have knee problems in the winter, thanks to an incident years ago involving a careless driver.

    @Klara: I think security wouldn't appreciate that!