The citizens of Ottawa simply cannot allow the brutalist architecture of Larco at the Chateau Laurier to go forward.
Residents of this city must pressure Larco, the National Capital Commission, the mayor, their councillors, their MPs and MPPs and the prime minister himself to stop such a horrible example of architecture despoil the elegant and much-loved Parliamentary district.
Look below to what happens to one of the most beautiful views in the national capital.
It looks like a cheap bunker, a low-rent apartment, right beside one of the greatest symbols of our country and our democracy.
Look below how the National Gallery of Canada, a modern building, pays homage to the spires of Parliament Hill and the Chateau in a contempory style. It bridges the gap between today and the architecture of the Parliamentary district.
For many years in Ottawa, your agent had hoped that the brilliant architecture of the Parliament district would start to seep into the Everywhere North America style of suburban Ottawa. Instead, what I feared would happen has happened.
The back end of the new Chateau has all the charm of a walk-up in Barrhaven. If we can’t build the suburbs better, at least don’t destroy the last beautiful area of Ottawa that speaks loudly to our nation.
Has the development community in our city become so strong, that having turned the rest of Ottawa into Topeka, Kansas, it must now do that to our precious Parliamentary district?
Look above to the view of the National War Memorial. Did hundreds of thousands of Canadians die for that?
Will the next structure be a McDonald’s? How do we celebrate this? A round of Big Macs with special sauce?
Above, is this what we leave our ancestors as the contribution of our generation to the Parliamentary district at Major’s Hill Park? On a good day, this would be a step up from the OC Transpo bus garage. Or perhaps just another nondescript office building in Anywhere Ottawa. It’s an outrage.
Surely even an unimaginative pack of politicians as Mayor Jim Watson and his council Bobbleheads can see this is a travesty. If they can’t, and that’s possible, perhaps Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will consider it as he walks around the Parliament Buildings.
The best part of this new addition is the way the architect tries to hide it behind the Chateau and a number of trees, which will be leafless in winter and spring. Then it will hide in plain sight.
If our generation can do but little for the Parliamentary district, surely we can stop ourselves from ruining it.
It’s time to protest. The Bulldog has done its part.
Now it’s up to you. Just how much do you care about your Ottawa and our country?
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