The United States Embassy in Ottawa, with its design and its function, creates a bridge between places, peoples and ideas. Symbolizing a bridge, the building stands for partnership and alliance. The Unite States has had an official diplomatic presence in Canada since 1827. The original embassy, which was built in 1932 and housed 17 people, was located at 100 Wellington Street. In 1969, planning for a more modern and spacious chancery began. The current embassy consolidates more than 10 embassy-related offices and houses more than 200 people. The magnificence of the embassy building is indicative of the importance and value of the relationship between the United States and Canada. The architect David M. Childs designed a building that responds to the complex urban design contexts that surround it: The ByWard Market area to the east, the Peacekeeping Monument, the National Gallery of Canada and the Ceremonial Parade Route to the north, the Parliament buildings, Major’s Hill Park and the river to the west, and finally the York Steps and the city to the south. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this spectacular building through the video below.
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Contact info490 Sussex Drive
ArchitectureYear built: 1999
Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Dates/hours openFriday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa