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Listed on the Canadian Register:
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.
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.
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.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Classified Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate Documentation Centre 3rd Floor, room 366 30 Victoria Street Gatineau, Québec J8X 0B3
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