Old Photographs

1277 Ottawa Street – Then & Now

Photo from SWODA

First off I would be remiss to not thank SWODA for their images that were used in the my recent book. They are an invaluable resource for local historians. During a recent media interview I blanked on thanking them, but they are an amazing source. If you’re a local history fan, be sure to check out the site. So much fascinating history there.

Today’s shot is focused on the Holland Bros. shop shown here in March 1959, and located at 1277 Ottawa Street, just west of Hall on the south side. This was one of the images that I considered for the book, but in the end it didn’t make the cut.

The contemporary view is courtesy of Google Streetview. The building at 1277 and the one that was Laura Secord have remained largely unchanged through the years, but the ones on either side of those two have seen heavy alterations, that have destroyed the architectural detailing that made them both unique.

Thanks to everyone who came out last week for the book launch party too! If you haven’t got a book yet, they are available in store/online at Biblioasis, and Chapters/Indigo and other online retailers. It makes a great Christmas Gift for the local history fan on your list.

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