Name: Christopher Ryan
Date: May 05, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 1.0 hr
Language: English
Start: Metcalfe & Gladstone
End: Metcalfe & Laurier
Area: Centretown
Distance: 1.0 km

This walk will follow city sidewalks. 

Living Together on Metcalfe



Photo:  One of the Terrace Apt. Buildings on Metcalfe St.
Photo credit: Chris Ryan

There was a time when Ottawa's Metcalfe Street had a feel that was not unlike Montreal's Golden Square Mile. As early as the 1910s, apartments began to spring up and they began to not only redefine Metcalfe, but Centretown more generally. 

While this is a short walk, it packs in a whole lot of history and is in many ways one of the few streets where Ottawa's hidden love for apartments is apparent.


We'll meet at the corner of Gladstone and Metcalfe.  From there, we will walk north on Metcalfe to the corner of Laurier Ave. W.

I do not anticipate any significant accessibility challenges on this route, though that is a reflection of my privilege. The narrowness of the sidewalks (thanks to 1950s traffic planning) and condition of the sidewalks may present challenges. Written materials will be provided upon request.

Photo: London Arms Apts, which is to be demolished
       Photo credit: Chris Ryan

London Arms Apt Bldg C Ryan


Chris is a local historian who has always been interested in Centretown, and especially Metcalfe St..