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Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall

The Heritage Building was formerly the Ottawa Normal School, built in 1875. It was the second Normal School established in Ontario and is the oldest still standing today. In 1879, a model school for 360 pupils was added. As well, an assembly hall and additional classrooms were added in 1892. The original architect, W.R. Strickland, chose the Gothic Renaissance style to reflect the influence of the parliament buildings. Semi-circular Italianate windows, Romanesque columns and a Second Empire roof complete the Victorian structure. The exterior walls are made from limestone quarried in Gloucester Township. The roof is slate and all the decorative trim is made of cast iron. The building was purchased by the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton in 1987, which built the office complex to the rear. Restoration and renovation work began in early 1988. Renamed the Heritage Building, it officially was reopened as part of Regional Headquarters in May 1990. After municipal amalgamation in 2001, the building became Ottawa City Hall. Today, it is the executive block of Ottawa City Hall, housing the offices of the Mayor, City Manager and City Clerk. The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, showcasing Ottawa sports legends, is now permanently housed on the first floor of the building.

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  • French services available
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110 Laurier Avenue West (Elgin Street entrance)
Ottawa, Ontario


Architect: R.W. Strickland and Kivas Tully
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Government building

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
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Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Avenue West (Elgin Street entrance)