After a quarter century of activity by the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC) and other heritage groups, Onawa is catching up to mainstream attitudes across Canada: we now realize our industrial heritage is significant and important to preserve. Indeed, there is a growing international movement aiming to preserve Industrial Age heritage by saving its monuments and honouring the memory of people who toiled there.
The industrial exploitation of forest and water resources of this region played a key role in the founding of Ottawa. The most significant industrial heritage here is inextricably linked to these resources and to the rivers at whose confluence Ottawa is situated. In the 19th century, the industrial districts of Chaudiere-LeBreton and Rideau Falls-New Edinburgh bracketed the commercial heart of the town with extensive industrial operations and their associated workers’ residential enclaves. Unlike Rideau-New Edinburgh, the Chaudiere-LeBreton area has a number of heritage industrial structures still in operation today.
The Fleet Street Pumping Station (1874-75) and Aqueduct (1872-74), Ottawa’s ambitious first waterworks, were designed by Thomas Coltrin Keefer, one of the continent’s top hydraulic and civil engineers. The design incorporates a 750-metre long open channel or aqueduct arcing through LeBreton Flats from an Ottawa River intake …
Note: Mark also wrote the preface to the book (also included in the pdf).