A fascinating stroll through a post-World War I planned community – a marvel of social engineering that was featured on the Governor General’s Christmas card. Pocket-sized Lindenlea promised returning veterans subsidized housing in a community designed by one of the mega-stars of European urban planning. Learn about the struggles over style, designing to suit liberated women, efforts at ecological soundness, and more than one scandal. Threats today face this historic gem. Can Lindenlea survive another century?
TOUR GUIDES: Victoria Angel, Jeff Murray and Ian Naish.
Victoria Angel is an architectural historian and heritage conservation specialist. Formerly the Manager of the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office at Parks Canada, Victoria is currently an adjunct professor at Carleton University, a faculty associate at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Niagara-on-the-Lake, an associate and Senior Heritage Planner at ERA Architects – and a resident of Lindenlea.
Community builder and Lindenlea resident Jeff Murray loves nothing more than sharing his enthusiasm for the neighbourhood, and the story of how one of Canada’s first social experiments in urban design has nurtured this flourishing micro-hood for 100 years. The perils faced by Lindenlea are uppermost in his mind.
Ian Naish has lived in Lindenlea since 1986. He has been involved with the community association—sometimes serving on the board—including its extensive “visioning” work in 2007. Part of that work resulted in limiting height restrictions in “old” Lindenlea to 8 meters, 3 metres below the City’s proposed cap. Ian loves the street layout, the green space, the trees and the topography of Lindenlea and is alert to the perils of creeping over-development in the neighbourhood.
Heritage Ottawa Members: $5 / Non-Members: $10 ( Payable by cash at start of the tour )