Ottawa Skyline

Spring has arrived in the Nation’s Capital. I am enjoying living in the downtown core as Ottawa is a delightful mix of new and old.

Imperial Theatre, Bank Street, Ottawa
Imperial Theatre, Bank Street, Ottawa Pentax *istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8

Years of neglect on this old theatre is clear in the is detail.

Lisgar Street, rear of Bell Canada office, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom
Lisgar Street, rear of Bell Canada office, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom

A modern steel and glass low-rise office building on Lisgar Street.

Laurier Street at Bank Street, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom
Laurier Street at Bank Street, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom

Sun filtering through clouds to the west highlighting the white marble of L’esplanade Laurier’s east tower against the leaden sky to the east.

Ghost sign, Laurier Street at Bank Street, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom
Ghost sign, Laurier Street at Bank Street, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom

George Albert Snider operated a photo studio here from the 1890’s.  His Ghost sign was revealed when the adjacent build was torn down during the 1990’s.

Telus Building Slater  Street at Bank Street, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom
Telus Building Slater Street at Bank Street, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom

The opposite corner we see a just completed metal and glass tower.

Albert Street at Bank Street, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4
Albert Street at Bank Street, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4

This facade cried out Black and White, perspective corrected in Photoshop. The reflected sunlight playing across the surface boosted the textures.  Architect W. C. Beattie to designed this Art Deco style office building in 1934.

Slater Building, Sparks Street, Ottawa
Slater Building, Sparks Street, Ottawa. Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4

The Slater Building has a marvelous 1894 design. Again called out B&W to me. Minor perspective adjustment in Photoshop.

90 Sparks Street, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8
90 Sparks Street, Pentax ✩istD ATX-Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8

The modern Thomas D’Arcy McGee Building, named for the Father of Canadian Confederation, that was assassinated near the site of this building.

Darrell Larose
Ottawa

 

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