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New Château Laurier design includes more limestone, hoping to win over critics

May 31, 2018
Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen

The owner of the Château Laurier has filed a new design for its proposed addition, attempting to make the contemporary wing complement the historic hotel.

A heritage brief submitted with the package at city hall this week says “limestone fins” on the north-facing side, fronting Major’s Hill Park, will break up the height of the building.

One of the knocks against the previous design was that the glassy facade sullied the vista to the limestone and copper hotel. Including limestone in the revised design might win over critics who are worried about ruining the heritage value of the property with a contemporary hotel addition.

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