Thursday, June 24, 2004

Once I built a tower, to the sun


To help force down the bile brought up by thinking about the NCC too long, I present a detail shot of a defunct department store they haven't managed to get their claws into - Ogilvy's, seen in happier days on the same corner here. It's a beautiful building with a prime location, at Rideau and Nicholas, but is likely never to be used again; if memory serves, renovating to meet current fire codes seems to have been prohibitively expensive for potential developers. It's their loss. It'll likely go in the next phase of expansion of the Rideau Centre, which is a shame. Chicago-style brick-faced superblocks are getting rarer and rarer in this town, and all we get in exchange are generic glass towers.

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