Looking for Old Photos of Houses in Lowertown, Ottawa, Canada
February 3, 2011:
I've been slowly building up an inventory of old photographs of Lowertown buildings over the past few years.
You mentioned Marie Martineau Glasby on the following page and there was mention of 59 Bolton Street. Would there
be any way of finding out if Marie Martineau Glasby has any old photos of Lowertown?
Generally, do you have any recommendations about tracking down old photos of Lowertown? I've had some success
by tracking down descendents, but it's a long process. It's especially difficult to find photos of Lowertown east
pre-1960. Perhaps you could post that I am building this inventory for the Lowertown Community Association and we
eventually plan to post many of the photographs. We're having a lot of trouble trying to piece together east Lowertown.
Perhaps you could help me with some particular ones:
1) The "Brennan" house at 316 Bruyere; (or other houses that are now gone 310, 312, 318-322). Based on my research,
this workman's house was built around 1866 and it is now threatened with demolition. I've had a lot of trouble trying
to track down the Brennan descendents, because there are so many in Ottawa.
2) 317-319, 321 St. Andrew - I'm trying to find photos of these houses as well. One was the long-time residence of a
Jewish family (321) and its threatened with demolition.
I've attached lists of the occupants at these addresses and a wonderful photo (above, left) of 317 St. Andrew Street before it was modernized.
... Marc Aubin,
Lowertown Community Association,
The photo and text, above right, is from the book Exploring Ottawa: An Architectural Guide to the Nation's Capital.
It is the Official Guidebook of the Society of Ottawa Architects. The picture below, right, is from the Lowertown chapter of the book, page 36:
The photo at left, below, is from Ottawa: An Illustrated History, by John H. Taylor, page 82.
Family names: Foisy, Gagnon
Marc Aubin is also researching the occupancy history of some addresses in Lowertown. Here, for example, is some information
regarding 316 Bruyere Street, from 1866 to 1923:
Occupant History - 316 Bruyère Street (Water Street) (see Belden's 1879 Map of Lowertown)
*House is ca. 1866 (144 years old)
**Get the land title sub-files (see document)
William Brennan (Water Street)
1875, 1881, 1890
316 - William Brennan, labourer
1881 Census: William Brennan (65), Anilaina (56), James (23), William (19)
1891 Census: William Brennan (87 years old) (Children: Mary J. (22) and Alfred G. (32))
1893, 1895, 1896
316 - James A. Brennan
1897, 1898, 1899
316 - Alfred J. Brennan
1901 Census: James (40), Mary J. (30), Mary Pinard (58)
310 - FX Raymond
312 - Olivier Garneau
316 - James A. Brennan
Census 1911: Mary J. (37 - 1873), Margaret (head - 65 - 1845), Helena M. (25 - 1885)
310 - Alfred Bayer
312 - Auguste Emard
316 - James A. Brennan Died: June 1st 1917; wife: Mary-Jane Pinard (1868-1956)
-Mary Jane later became Mary Jane "Losty" (probably a second marriage)
Gravestone: James Brennan (1917 - 58), Mary Jane Pinard (1868 - 1956)
310 - ?
316 - Mr.s. Mary J. Brennan
310 - Romeo Lurette
312 - Alphonse Grenier
316 - Edward Lemieux
138 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa.
Flavian Rochon, a master carpenter who worked on the interior of Notre Dame Church, moved here in 1853.
Source: National Capital Heritage, page 210
Marc is also interested in the houses at 318, 320 and 322 Bruyere Street. If anyone has a photograph or a family history
of these houses, please contact us.
February 12, 2011:
Al, the photo of the two people below is taken at 80-82 St. Andrew. The brick house to the right is 78 St. Andrew and
is still there today. 80-82 was demolished a few years ago to build a condo. The two people are my gg grandparents,
Norbert and Emma Aubin. Emma's maiden name is Desormeaux. Norbert was a book binder at the National Printing Bureau
that once existed on Sussex.
February 19, 2011:
Thanks for the scan of the two old hospitals. I actually picked up a copy of the Hub and Spokes
at the Carleton University library this past weekend. I'll probably do a few scans.
The Catholic hospital, below left, was located on the same block as Notre Dame Basilica, 163-171 St. Patrick Street
(according to the 1888 fire insurance plan). I only realized this recently when I was looking at a higher quality
version of the same photo. You can actually see the back of the Basilica in the photo up above the hospital.
You most likely already know that the Protestant hospital, below right, in the photo was located at 605 Rideau Street.
It's also in the 1888 fire insurance plan and was located directly to the right of larger protestant
hospital at the 589 Rideau. 605 is no longer seen in the 1912 plan.
Photo Source, below: The Hub and the Spokes, The Capital and its Environs, by Anson Gard, page 144
E-mail Marc Aubin, Allen Craig and Al Lewis
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