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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 lodge 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From the instant it opened in 1912, it used to be within the phrases of an outdated brochure "the position the place politics and enjoyment, finance and model meet ... the hub of the capital's wheel of affairs, an exceptional and necessary centre of Canadian life."

This used to be the place the Canadian executive manage transitority quarters whilst the Parliament structures burned in 1916. It was once where troops massed sooner than heading to conflict. 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 big partitions of Indiana limestone. Gables of the warm-coloured stone are carved with vegetation, scrolls and creâsts. Dormer home windows punctuate expanses of eco-friendly copper roof.

Learn extra concerning the Chateau, its historical past and the folk at the back of it during this beautiful number of tales and old pictures from the Ottawa Citizen.

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R. Booth. In Hays’ mind, Ottawa’s station and the Château Laurier Hotel across the street were just the first in a nationwide network of monumental rail stations and luxury hotels. Along with the Château, the station opened on June 1, 1912 without ceremony, in deference to Hays, who had died on the Titanic six weeks earlier. 9 million, and Ottawans had never seen anything like it. It was the city’s first large steel-framed building and first monument to Beaux-Arts architecture, a neoclassical style that evoked Imperial Rome.

John Diefenbaker glowers at the Conservative party cabal working to depose him from the leadership of the party at a 1967 convention held in the Château Laurier Hotel ballroom. Diefenbaker eventually lost his job to Robert Stanfield, far right. Once the master of body language, the Chief was now responding with gestures reduced to the slow waltz of a drowning man. Each of his sallies was greeted by rising moans of disbelief from Dalton Camp’s jeering section.

I suspect Gorgeous George was one of its first visitors. According to old photos, the spa originally offered hydrotherapy for chronic rheumatism, carbonic acid baths, and infrared lamp treatments for kidney and bladder problems. Maybe the “Nauheim and Schnee Baths and Scotch Douche” in the photos wrought miracles: today, they look like Soviet instruments of torture. But in 80 years’ time, much of the equipment recently installed in today’s Health Club may look pretty scary. No matter. Tomorrow’s Château will have the cutting-edge fitness machines of the future.

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