A Regular Palace: Celebrating 100 years of the Chateau by Don Butler, Maria Cook, Doug Fischer

By Don Butler, Maria Cook, Doug Fischer

For a hundred years, the area 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 used to be within the phrases of an previous brochure "the position the place politics and delight, finance and style meet ... the hub of the capital's wheel of affairs, an outstanding and worthwhile centre of Canadian life."

This used to be the place the Canadian govt manage transitority quarters while the Parliament constructions burned in 1916. It used to be where troops massed earlier than heading to conflict. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and labored on the lodge. 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 immense 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 in regards to the Chateau, its historical past and the folk at the back of it during this beautiful selection of tales and historic pictures from the Ottawa Citizen.

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People from the diplomatic corps use that as a place to invite a politician that’s neutral territory, that’s close enough and still confidential, and of the right-fitting demeanour and atmosphere,” says Martin, chair of the government operations and estimates committee. “I’ve always considered it almost an extension of Parliament Hill. ” A bird's eye rendering of "Canada's Main Intersection," done in 1915 by Richard W. Rummell, an American artist who specialized in using photographs to draw sweeping composite pictures.

At the 1912 opening, a silent toast was drunk to railway president Charles Melville Hayes, who commissioned the hotel, and had perished weeks earlier on the Titanic. Visitors admired the lobby designed with floors of Belgian marble and Tiffany windows. The main dining room (now the Laurier Room) overlooked Major’s Hill Park. The sub-basement housed a mini-town of laundry, engineering, and electrical departments and repair shops. Elevators brought guests to their rooms. Of the 350 original bedrooms, 155 provided the luxury of a private bath.

M. and waited his turn. In a 2003 article, Maclean’s magazine described Liberal cabinet minister Paul Martin Sr. would gather young Liberals in the hotel pool at the end of day during the 1950s. “Martin Sr. would sit at pool’s edge, dangling his legs and the braces he’d worn since a childhood bout of polio, the youth before him, explaining the day’s events,” the article said. In the late 1950s, Conservative cabinet minister George Hees carried on his infamous fling with alleged Soviet spy Gerda Munsinger at the hotel.

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