Connaught Building

When I walked by Ottawa’s eyesore, the US embassy, I saw this beautiful building. It’s the Connaught Building.

The Connaught Building is a historic office building. It’s on Sussex Drive, near the Fairmont Château Laurier. Today it houses the HQ of the Canada Revenue Agency. The building is named after the Duke of Connaught, who was the Governor General of Canada at the time of the construction. Prince Arthur served as the Governor General of Canada from 1911 to 1916.

By the early twentieth century the Parliament Buildings were running out of space to house Canada’s civil service. The Tudor-Gothic structure was designed by chief architect David Ewart who did the similarly styled Victoria Memorial Building and Royal Canadian Mint. Work began on the building in 1913, but the First World War and other problems intervened, greatly slowing construction. The building was completed in 1916 and first housed the customs department.

From the Wikipedia entry on the Connaught Building.


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