As some of you will have noticed yesterday, I have switched out my header image for something more fitting for summer. This one is from last summer at the MosaiCanada event over on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River.
Today I am beginning my Doors Open series with the first place I visited, though generally speaking I will not be proceeding from here in chronological order. Doors Open is an annual event here in Ottawa (and other parts of the province from April through to October) that gets visitors into various sites over a weekend, sites of historical or architectural interest. This year over 140 places in Ottawa were on the list. I started with the Mill Street Brew Pub, which has been at this location since 2012. The old Thompson-Perkins Mill was established in 1842 here on the shoreline of the Ottawa River, where it passes through a series of islands. It was a lumber mill, and years ago was converted into a restaurant use. The present pub has been doing good business since taking it on six years ago, and it was open for the weekend as part of the event. I photographed it first from the nearby Portage Bridge.
Then I came down to the grounds itself.
The old mill is preserved, with most of the pub inside, while there are patio terraces outside and in the portion of the structure that's exposed to the elements- you can see that in the above shot, where the western section of the structure is devoid of glass. This view looks towards the Portage Bridge from a balcony terrace in the pub. Victoria Island lies on the other side, one of those islands occupying this stretch of the river.
Here's where I was. This being the morning, the pub wasn't too busy- most people coming in for a bite to eat chose the outside patios.
Moving towards the window, I took this shot of the west section, which is open to the elements. The limestone structure seems well taken care of.
Aside from being a pub, the place also serves as a micro brewery, with the operations behind glass, but out in the open for visitors to see.
I like this shot. Looking down through a window, this looks into the exposed section of the old mill, with a patio down below.
My final shot from here looks into that open area, with the staircase having had caught my eye.