By Don Butler, Maria Cook, Doug Fischer
For a hundred years, the realm has walked throughout the foyer of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the grand lodge set in a picturesque panorama the place the Rideau Canal locks make their descent to the Ottawa River.
From the instant it opened in 1912, it was once within the phrases of an previous brochure "the position the place politics and delight, finance and type meet ... the hub of the capital's wheel of affairs, an exceptional and valuable centre of Canadian life."
This used to be the place the Canadian executive organize transitority quarters while the Parliament structures burned in 1916. It was once where troops massed earlier than heading to battle. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and labored on the resort. The CBC broadcast from it. The lengthy record of well-known site visitors contains Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.
The dramatic silhouette of towers and steep roofs of the Chateau Laurier defines Ottawa for viewers and citizens alike. Conical turrets upward thrust from colossal partitions of Indiana limestone. Gables of the warm-coloured stone are carved with plants, scrolls and creâsts. Dormer home windows punctuate expanses of eco-friendly copper roof.
Learn extra concerning the Chateau, its historical past and the folk in the back of it during this beautiful number of tales and old pictures from the Ottawa Citizen.
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Extra resources for A Regular Palace: Celebrating 100 years of the Chateau Laurier
From the moment it opened in 1912, it was in the words of an old brochure “the place where politics and pleasure, finance and fashion meet . . ” This was where the Canadian government set up temporary quarters when the Parliament buildings burned in 1916. It was the place troops massed before heading to war. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and worked at the hotel. The CBC broadcast from it. The long list of famous guests includes Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. The dramatic silhouette of towers and steep roofs of the Château Laurier defines Ottawa for visitors and residents alike.
The Grand Trunk Railway built the Château Laurier between 1908 and 1912 in response to increased tourism, government-related business travel and conventions. It simultaneously built the adjacent train station across the street, now the Government Conference Centre, and connected the two buildings with a tunnel. The Château-style railway hotel had already captured the imagination of Canadians when Ottawa got its new hotel. The Canadian Pacific Railway built the Château Frontenac in Quebec City and Hotel Viger in Montreal in 1898, and the Empress Hotel in Victoria in 1908.
Many more cinemas were built in the following few years. The Ottawa Senators — original version — had won the Stanley Cup in 1911, but failed to defend their title in 1912. After a run of success, the football Rough Riders were entering a decade of decline. Sports fans also had a new diversion: a baseball team, also called the Senators (even then Ottawa apparently suffered from an imagination deficit) that burst onto the scene in 1912. Playing at Lansdowne Park in the eight-team Canadian League, they won four consecutive championships.