… you better move fast.
Still this modern addition to the historic building must get through the city and the National Capital Commission before it is approved. Larco isn’t wasting any time. Looks like it wants to bulldoze this addition right through the government approvals process.
Hard to say if Mayor Jim Watson’s harsh words about the project were political bombast, cheap words or real action but we’re about to make a mess of an iconic building in the heart of the Parliamentary district.
We’re accustomed to architectural monstrosities outside of the Parliamentary district but this is the first private foray into this sacred ground.
Sketch above: An architectural rendering of part of the proposed expansion of the Chateau Laurier.
Is Ottawa the national capital and a place around which the country can rally or just a cash machine?
If the Parliamentary district is a symbol of Canada, then the Larco expansion of the Chateau Laurier must be stopped.
That said if Ottawa doesn’t care and the country doesn’t know about this (and most people out of Ottawa don’t know about this expansion), we’ll lose a piece of our built history. It’s time for this city to rally together to protect the nation’s heritage.
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