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.