Nom: Quentin Gall
Jour: mai 05, 2013
Heure: 1:00 PM
Durée: 2.0 hr
Langue: English
Départ: Centennial Flame, Parliament Hill
Fin: Ottawa City Hall
Quartier: Centretown/Parliament Hill
Distance: 1.0 km
This walk will be along sidewalks and paved areas in the downtown core of Ottawa.

Ottawa's Building and Monument Stones


This tour will highlight the great variety of stone that has been used in some of the popular buildings and monuments in the downtown core, looking at the origins and the surface characteristics, weathering, wear, and other aspects of this traditional building material.



Photo:  Colors of stone, Parliament Hill gatepost.

Starting on Parliament Hill with the Centennial Flame, Centre and East blocks, and the statue of Laurier, we will walk to the Rideau Canal, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and on to the National War Memorial. From that vantage point, we will examine the Langevin Building, Post Office, Lord Elgin Hotel, Place Bell Canada, and then cross Elgin St. to the Ottawa Courthouse and, finally, City Hall. Participants will hear something about the history of these buildings and monuments, but mostly about the wide variety of rock from which they were constructed and the local, provincial, and foreign localities from whence they were quarried.


Parliament Hill to Confederation Square; down Elgin St. to the Ottawa Courthouse and finally to Ottawa City Hall.


Quentin is a member of the Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Committee, which strives to raise public awareness of the natural heritage in the Capital Region. In 2009, Quentin published a book on Ottawa's building and monument stones. He is also a sessional lecturer in geology and environmental sciences at both Carleton and Univ of Ottawa.