Aberdeen Pavilion, 1015 Bank Street

Year built: 1898

Builder: Moses Chamberlain Edey

Original purpose: Built in 1898 for the Central Canada Exhibition Association, this building was named after Governor General, The Earl of Aberdeen. It is the oldest surviving Canadian example of a large-scale exhibition building and the only one surviving from the 19th century. Inside, it features 4,000 square metres (42,000 square feet) of exhibit space. The Aberdeen Pavilion was designated a National Historic Site in 1983 and then, in 1996, the Ontario Heritage Trust secured a heritage conservation easement to conserve the property.

Adaptive reuse: By late 1986, the site’s condition had deteriorated to such an extent that the building was condemned. It finally closed to the public in October 1987. Heritage Ottawa garnered support for this local landmark and convinced a reluctant city Council to approve a restoration budget and bring the Aberdeen Pavilion back to life. The beautifully restored site was reopened on June 24, 1994 to great ceremony. Today, it serves many purposes, including exhibition space, specialty markets and even an indoor skate park.

Adapted by: Julian Smith & Associates, Architects

Awards: 2018 Award of Excellence — Conservation — Architecture (Canadian Assocation of Heritage Professionals)


The Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa
The Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa

St. Charles Market, 135 Barrette Street

Year built: 1908

Builder: Charles Brodeur

Original purpose: This designated church — built in 1908 with a distinctive bell tower and circular window — was a beacon for the community because of its strong mandate to provide social support and to preserve French-Canadian interests within the community.

Adaptive reuse: Vacant since 2010, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa sold the designated church building to be developed as a mixed-use development. While the church itself will be transformed into a marketplace and restaurant, it will essentially be wrapped with an eight-storey housing complex. The site will be surrounded by park space and feature an array of amenities. The church will continue to be of historical significance as it is thoughtfully incorporated into this residential development.

Adapted by: LineBox Studio and ModBox Developments

Awards: 2021 Mid to High Rise Residential — Cast-in-Place (Ontario Concrete Awards)


St. Charles Market, Ottawa
St. Charles Market, Ottawa