Ottawa, Ontario — Central Canada ()
Château Laurier / Le Château Laurier
Designed by the architectural firm of Ross and MacFarlane this hotel was built between 1908 and 1912 and enlarged in the 1920s. It was the first in a chain of Château style hotels constructed by the Grand Trunk Railway (later incorporated into the Canadian National Railways), to encourage tourists to travel its routes. Distinguished by its crisp facades and steep, copper roofs, the hotel’s picturesque appearance captures the romance of travelling by train. The Châteauesque rooflines of several federal government buildings in Ottawa were inspired by the commanding presence of this hotel.
L'édifice a été construit entre 1908 et 1912, d'après des plans de Ross et MacFarlane et agrandi durant les années 1920. En érigeant son premier hôtel de style Château, le Grand Tronc (incorporé plus tard dans les Chemins de fer nationaux du Canada) cherchait à encourager le tourisme à voyager par chemin de fer. Avec ses façades altières, couronnées de toitures en cuivre, cet hôtel matérialise l’enchantement des voyages en train. Le profil de son toit, qui évoque celui d’un château, a servi
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
Location. 45° 25.505′ N, 75° 41.698′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Ontario. Marker can be reached from Rideau Street (Route 34) just east of Elgin Street (Route 91), on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the Château Laurier (Hotel Fairmont) just to the left of the main front entrance portico. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada (within shouting distance of this marker); The Commissariat (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, CB (within shouting distance of this marker); Sappers’ Bridge (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) (about 90 meters away); The Rideau Waterway (about 90 meters away); The Rideau Canal Connaught Building / L’Édifice Connaught (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ottawa.
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1. A Canadian architectural jewel on the banks of the Ottawa River. The Chateau Laurier was commissioned by then-commissioner of the Grand Trunk Railroad, Charles M Hayes. The hotel was completed in 1912; timing intended to coincide with the opening of Ottawa's Train Union Station. The train station is no longer in use, but the hotel is still in business today and retains every bit of its original grandeur. Hayes was returning to Canada for the opening of the Chateau on the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic and never saw his project come to fruition. Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who had secured the site for the Chateau, was in attendance at a subdued opening ceremony for the hotel which would come to bear his name. (Submitted on September 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Charles Melville Hays (Wikipedia). In April 1912, Hays was in London soliciting financial support for the Grand Trunk Railroad. He was anxious to get back to Canada for the grand opening of the Château Laurier, set for April 25. J. Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line, had invited (Submitted on September 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.