Name: Hélène Beauchamp
Date: June 03, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 2.0 hr
Language: English
Start: 17 Myrand Ave.
End: same
Area: Lowertown East
Distance: 0.0 km

The building is not wheelchair accessible due to the stairs at the front entrance and between floors.

Jane's Walk tour of the National House of Prayer/St. Anne's Rectory



The National House of Prayer and Jane’s Walk Ottawa-Gatineau invite you for a tour of the former St Anne’s Rectory, aa two-and-a-half storey, rectangular plan Beaux-Arts-style building, designed and built by Ottawa architect W. E. Noffke in 1922.   It was built for Mgr. Alfred Myrand, and served first as the Rectory for St. Anne's Church, later as a convent, and more recently becoming the National House of Prayer.  In 2015, the City of Ottawa desgnated it as a heritage building. 

Our guide Hélène Beauchamp will discuss the architecture and history of the building and its relation to the surrounding area and its importance to the francophone community.  We will then take a walk through the building, dividing in to smaller groups if necessary.  The interior, particularly the salon and the dining room, show well-preserved features of the original design, such as the wall paneling and mouldings. 

The tour will begin at 2:00 pm.  The building will be open until 4:00 pm.

Participants will be provided with a map of the neighbourhood so they can take a self-guided tour of the immediate area.


Meet at the front entrance of the National House of Prayer, 17 Myrand Ave., on the north side of Jules Morin Park. 

The tour will take you into the building.  Depending on the number of participants, we may divide into smaller groups to visit the interior. 

Description française ici.


Hélène Beauchamp is professor emerita in theatre studies and theatre history at the University of Quebec at Montreal, and formerly professor at the University of Ottawa. She grew up in Lowertown, and became an historian of this part of the city where her family has lived for four generations. She has lectured at the Vanier Museum, published numerous articles in Le Chaînon, and has often led walking tours of Lowertown.