I'm pretty sure sippin' sangria at sunset is the exact definition of 'Happy Hour' 🍷🌇👌
Thanks @terraceottawa for having me this evening! Make sure you pay them a visit soon before this gorgeous weather ends!
This is the #DowntownBank side of the #HartmanBuilding . When it was first built in October 1957, the Ottawa Journal had an article celebrating the event, with the headlines: "New Hartman Building Designed With Eye to Future — Modern building Transforms Bank and Gloucester Corner" (26 October 1957, page 8) The article, which reads like an advertisement, mentions that the then-new building's future development plans called for an additional two storeys. A quote:
"...but old landmarks must give way to modern progress such as the handsome modern Hartman Building that now occupies the corner. [...] The Hartman Building adheres to modern designing and structure. The exterior is a distinctive combination of brick, marble and ceramic, tile. [...] Windows are finished with a new type of porcelain enamelled facing. The general office entrance on Gloucester is richly finished in ceramic and Verte Antique marble. [...] The simplicity and smartness of the Hartmarn Building brings a new look to an old familiar business corner. Architects are Hazelgrove, Lithwlck and Lambert..." (https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/50168258/ ) Beneath the brief article is an assortment of small ads for various companies involved in the project.
Of course, after I found up that Journal article, I discovered that yet again, Urbsite had done the same over a year ago... He includes more photos and information:
"The Hartman Building at Bank and Gloucester Streets (Hazelgrove, Lithwick and Lambert, 1957) was designed for expansion 'without altering the distinctive design of the structure'. "Unfortunately when it came time to build the addition they couldn't quite match the brick stock, which jumps from bright orange to dusky orange between the second and third floors.
"The transformation of the corner was touted as a prime example of a commendable 'before and after' in the City of Ottawa/CMHC 1963 guidebook on 'Urban Renewal'"
You might think this was called the #Klipfolio Building, but it's actually the #HartmanBuilding . The Hartman Building was built in two distinct phases, with the first two storeys above ground built in 1957. (Look closely and you can see a change in the #brick colour above the 2nd floor.) While the main office entrance is #GloucesterStreet , there are storefronts on both Bank and on Gloucester. And while @Klipfolio is still at 176 Gloucester at #DowntownBank , reportedly it will be moving into the #WorldExchangePlaza soon (see "Ottawa’s Klipfolio moving into former World Exchange movie theatre" in the Ottawa Business Journal; http://www.obj.ca/article/ottawas-klipfolio-moving-former-world-exchange-movie-theatre ). Love the play of light on this modest building in the late afternoon, bounced off l'Esplanade Laurier!
"The office with ground floor commercial units was built by Sidney #Hartman (father of Larry, the Bank Street grocery store owner) in the early 1960s. Three display windows protrude onto Gloucester Street. Until the 1980s there was a ladies' wear shop on this corner.
"The Hartman Building was constructed in two phases - you can see the change in brick between the second and third floor. After Mel Hartman's Fashion Lane store closed it was converted to a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins. Today Tim's patrons are on display in those windows.
"Prior to the Hartman Building the Play-Pen children's wear store was here. This then and now transformation was included in a 1963 study on the progress of urban renewal which had swept away an ancient row of houses that had been turned into stores."
(There are very few noteworthy buildings on Bank St that Urbsite hasn't written on, at least in passing.)
Across #DowntownBank from the Mondrian is l'Esplanade Laurier, which fills the entire block from #LaurierAveWest to #GloucesterStreet and from #BankStreet to #OConnorStreet . I posted several photos of this #1970s#officebuilding in June as part of my #Canada150 walk down the north end of O'Connor. Originally built by #OlympiaAndYork from 1973 to 1975, #LEsplanadeLaurier is now, after some drama, owned by the Govt of Canada and is being upgraded. In the building's #podium facing Bank is a two story #restaurant , Eggspectations. And there's usually a #foodcart outside, too.
"Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada is the owner in fee simple of the property (the "Property") municipally known as 171 - 181 Bank Street, 140 O'Connor Street and 300 Laurier Avenue West, in the City of Ottawa, and commonly referred to as "L'Esplanade Laurier". The Property includes two office towers, a podium building that connects the towers and three parking levels and was originally constructed during the 1970s. PSPC initiated a competitive process to select a developer to rehabilitate the property (the "Rehabilitation").
"It was envisioned that the Rehabilitation would include renovating the Property, a complete redevelopment of the Property or some other form of partial redevelopment and renovation of the Property (which would include, in each case, meeting or exceeding the relevant #LEED Gold standards, or such equivalent standard acceptable to #PSPC ) and, at PSPC's option, completion of PSPC's required leasehold improvements."
If you don't want to do a "First Look" but still want to talk before the ceremony, it can still create sweet moments. Back to back & no peeking, they read letters from one another. While I walked around them quietly and captured sweet moments. Rooms with mirrors, I ❤️you
Remember that big white granny square I finally finished? This is what I've been using it for - one big coaster on my coffee table 👌☕
Jane loves it too. So it has also become a cat coaster 😹