For those of you who have wondered what used to be on the northwest corner of Bank and Glebe (now occupied by a Rogers store), then some new historic photographs have been uncovered (from the Glenbow Archives in Alberta, see http://urbsite.blogspot.ca/2015/09/mystery-gas.html for more details) showing an Imperial Oil Gas Station on this corner. It was built in 1925 and operated until at least the 1960s! Here it is in 1945 and the 1950s:
164 Clemow has just completed a restoration job of its corner tower roof. Built in 1913-14 and designed by architect John Pritchard Maclaren, don’t you think this historic home looks great? This is an example of how with a little bit of care , money, and effort, an old home can be brought back to life! The GCA Heritage Committee is always looking for examples of this kind of work in the Glebe.
WHAT? A One-Day Heritage Plaque Event in the Glebe
WHY? To celebrate the wonderful architecture and social history of the Glebe.
WHEN? During the Great Glebe Garage Sale on Saturday May 23, 2015
WHO? The owners/residents of Glebe homes with support from the GCA Heritage Committee.
HOW? Prepare and install a simple temporary plaque/sign and attach it a stick or tree on your lawn near the sidewalk that identifies the history or your home and its architectural style. This could include details on the builder/architect and details on it’s historical occupants.
As Glebe Heritage Committee member Bill Price writes, “It couldn’t have been a better day for the GGGS and our one-day plaque trial redux. It is really incredible but this project really adds to the day for the shoppers. They were immensely interested in the social history and architecture of these houses. People were reading these signs all day long and many of them stopped at the HO sign in my front yard advertising our walking tours and stopped to chat about the signs and the heritage streetscapes and the Heritage Ottawa. It is a terrific way to generate interest in heritage generally… I bumped into several residents who were thrilled with the project and, strangely enough, two other couples who live on Clemow (one lives in Ceilia Branca house) who were walking along reading all of the signs and were very glad to hear that the next GCA HC priority is gaining protection for Clemow West of Bank. I was also stopped by a woman in a car who wanted to take pictures of the plaques as her elderly relative lived on Linden Terrace. I told her don’t worry, I will send you a whole file with much more detail about the history of their house and the others on their street.”
This image shows what the north end of the Glebe looked like in the mid-1950s, as seen from the railway subway (now the Queenway) near Isabella Street. The next image shows the same section of street, only this time looking north towards Centretown.
Can you see the similarities and changes between then and now?