Scottish Ontario Chambers, Ottawa

Scottish Ontario Chambers, Ottawa

Situated prominently on Ottawa's Confederation Square, where Sparks and Elgin's streets intersect, stands the Scottish Ontario Chambers—a notable four-story brick building. With its striking multicolored masonry, fenestration, and roofline, this corner structure stands out among its surroundings. Its historical significance is limited to the physical area it occupies.

Constructed in 1883, the Scottish Ontario Chambers showcases excellent aesthetic design, reflecting the Victorian Italianate style. The renowned architect William Hodgson, who also designed the adjacent Bell Block building, was responsible for its creation. This building exemplifies the characteristics of a large-scale late Victorian business block, boasting a well-balanced facade and ornate brickwork.

In comparison to other commercial blocks on Sparks Street during the 19th century, it stands twice as tall and exhibits a functional design. The ground floor serves as retail space, while the upper stories house offices, featuring one of the city's earliest elevators. The meticulous craftsmanship is evident in the intricate stonework and decorative brickwork, including the use of radiated voussoirs crafted from multicolored bricks.

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Sight Name: Scottish Ontario Chambers
Sight Location: Ottawa, Canada (See walking tours in Ottawa)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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