A Regular Palace 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 inn 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 was once 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 excellent and useful centre of Canadian life."

This used to be the place the Canadian govt organize transitority quarters while the Parliament structures burned in 1916. It was once where troops massed ahead of heading to struggle. 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 push from large 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 concerning the Chateau, its background and the folk at the back of it during this beautiful choice of tales and historic pictures from the Ottawa Citizen.

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In the early years of the century they brought their produce mainly from Philadelphia and Baltimore, but by the 1830s New York had become the principal source of supply. The legendary wealth of the Anglo-Irishman John Burnside, who eventually owned 2200 slaves and ten plantations, was based originally on dry goods brought from England on the return run of cotton ships. Lonsdale, of course, exploited Central American sources for his coffee. So dominant was New Orleans' position as a transshipment point that millions of tons of produce came to the city from upriver as well, only to be repackaged and shipped out again across the 16 river system.

This enabled him to build his exceptionally lavish home at 1415 Third Street. 11 Like many Garden District entrepreneurs, Robinson had come to town with his brother and established himself in cotton. Thanks to his background in Lynchburg, Virginia, Robinson knew the tobacco market as well and promptly cornered the trade on the rare Perique blending tobacco, which was and is produced exclusively in a small district in St. James Parish. In the end, however, it ~vas neither cotton nor tobacco that established Robinson's fortune, but his credit operations.

James Robb carefully diversified his holdings but was still bankrupted in the national panic of the late 1850s. The Englishman Charles Briggs was unable to complete his Gothic-style cottage before mortgaging it to its builders, James Gallier and Company, in 1850. ~ New Hampshire-born Joseph H. Maddox, founder of the Daily Crescent, lost his handsomely galleried house at ~507 Prytania Street in 185zb through court seizure. 5~ Lavinia Dabney, whose inheritance shrank precipitously in the recession of 1857, had scarcely a year to enjoy the home at ~165 St.

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