Category: Early Days

When the circus came to town

By Dave Allston –  Few forms of entertainment in the early 20th century were more popular than the travelling circus. A visit from touring companies such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey was often the highlight of the summer. Children waited for weeks in anticipation. One newspaper […]

The golden age of Kitchissippi cinema

By Dave Allston –  The commercial districts within Kitchissippi have a lot going for them. The Westboro and Wellington West BIAs have done a remarkable job transforming Richmond-Wellington into an exciting, vibrant commercial strip, where the bulk of our shopping can be done locally, at both eclectic and […]

The early days of Magee House

By Dave Allston –  The old stone building on Wellington Street West known as “Magee House” has been in the news since its owner announced plans to pursue the construction of luxury apartments around this grand old structure. This heritage property dates back 140 years but is now […]

The Heney home, circa 1920. Photo courtesy of Library Archives Canada/PA-34417.

A forgotten home and a forgotten name

By Dave Allston –  The Canadian Bank Note Company on Richmond Road at Kirkwood is a familiar building to most in Ottawa. A holdover from the industrial days of this section of Richmond Road (which also once included R. L. Crain printers, a Pepsi plant, and General Electric), […]