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Laurier House

335 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/02/29

Front façade of Laurier House, showing its Second Empire design, including its mansard roof, semi-circular dormers, projecting bays, solid bulk and asymmetrical massing, 1993.; Parks Canada Agency/ Agence Parcs Canada, 1993
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Construction Date(s)

1878/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/12/02

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Laurier House is a gracious, three-storey residence executed in the Second Empire style. Solidly built of brick, its principal features are a mansard roof, semi-circular dormer windows, projecting bay windows and a generous, wrap-around verandah. Laurier House is set in a spacious garden. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Laurier House was designated a Classified Federal Heritage Building because of its long and close association with two Canadian prime ministers and its important role in national affairs. As well, Laurier House is a good example of Second Empire design in its form, materials, and craftsmanship. Laurier House and its residential setting are an important element in the character of the Sandy Hill neighbourhood.

Sources: Mary Cullen, Laurier House, Ottawa, Ontario, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 87-044; Laurier House, Ottawa, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement, 87-044.

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of Laurier House should be respected.
-its Second Empire design, including its mansard roof, semi-circular dormers, projecting bays, solid bulk and asymmetrical massing;
-the varied selection and fine details of the materials with which it was built;
-the interior, which has retained a remarkably high degree of integrity since its occupancy by Laurier and King;
-its environmental qualities.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Classified Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1988/02/29

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2997

Status

Published

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Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada

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