By Don Butler, Maria Cook, Doug Fischer

For a hundred years, the realm has walked in the course of 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From the instant it opened in 1912, it used to be within the phrases of an outdated brochure "the position the place politics and enjoyment, finance and model meet ...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, a good and helpful centre of Canadian life."

This was once the place the Canadian govt arrange transitority quarters while the Parliament structures burned in 1916. It was once where troops massed prior to heading to battle. Photographer Yousuf Karsh lived and labored on the inn. The CBC broadcast from it. The lengthy checklist of recognized 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 thrust from gigantic 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 historical past and the folk at the back of it during this beautiful choice of tales and ancient photographs from the Ottawa Citizen.

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Still, the opening of the Château Laurier and the grand new central train station signalled a promising future for the city — one that, just two years later, would be interrupted by the outbreak of world war. The Château Laurier Hotel looking west toward Parliament Hill, 1929. Photo: Château Laurier Hotel Archives. Chapter Four A regular palace By Maria Cook “We’re not allowed in here,” was the spontaneous response of a little girl arriving in the ornate lobby of the Château Laurier Hotel in the spring of 2012.

My friend and I wallow in nostalgia for the trains that once thundered into the now-neglected railway station across Rideau Street, and for the sauna and steam baths that once sent an aroma of damp cedar through the hotel’s basement. But times change . . and the Château Laurier has moved with them. Charlotte Gray is the author of eight acclaimed books of Canadian biography and history, and is Chair of Canada’s National History Society. She lives in Ottawa. York Street in Ottawa’s ByWard Market in 1911, the year the Château Laurier Hotel and Grand Trunk Railway Central Station were being built a few blocks away.

It happened again in 1912, but this time 1,378 fell ill and 91 died. The problem was traced to a leaking intake pipe that carried drinking water through a polluted section of Nepean Bay. Earlier that year, smallpox had killed two and infected 224. Patients were quarantined in a squalid “hospital” — a collection of tents and shacks — on flood-prone Porter Island near the mouth of the Rideau River. Tuberculosis, endemic among the poor, was virtually a death sentence; of 1,975 diagnosed cases in Ottawa in 1907, 1,933 died.

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