Doors Open Ottawa 2017

This past weekend I went out to a couple of the Doors Open Ottawa venues with my daughter and got my architectural fix.

First off we went to St. Matthew’s Church in the Glebe. This church has been on my list in the past, and finally I took the opportunity to go. It was designed by Cecil Burgess and built in the late 1920s. Since Burgess tended to include Art Deco details in his buildings, I was intrigued.

Here’s the view as we approached from the back:

St. Matthew's, Ottawa

I think it does have a bit of an Art Deco feel:

St. Matthew's, Ottawa

My favourite detail was a grille:


Our next stop was Lemieux Island to visit the water treatment plant. I visited this building a few years ago, but I love the details so much I went back for another view. The brickwork is fantastic:


Lemieux Island

Lemieux IslandThe metalwork above the doorway is gorgeous:Doorway detailOh look! Another grille! Yes, I’ve got a grille problem.Grille - Lemieux IslandI also love this chandelier:Chandelier - Lemieux Island


Finally, my daughter decided that we needed to go to the beach on the way home.

Britannia Beach

Just choosing a couple of buildings to visit was the right way to go this year. We’ll have to go back to the beach when the weather warms up a little.





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One Response to Doors Open Ottawa 2017

  1. Mary Lou says:

    Oh, when water treatment plants were at thing of beauty!