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John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada

The John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1990 because it is a nationally significant example of the Queen Anne revival style as expressed in domestic architecture. The luxurious house was constructed in 1909 for prominent lumber baron John R. Booth, its corner lot allowing both principal façades to be appreciated independently. When viewed from an angle, balance and harmony is conveyed through the gables of similar design anchored by a tall chimney at the point of intersection. Booth died in 1925 and the house remained in the family until 1947 when it was sold to the Laurentian Club of Ottawa. Trinity Western University acquired the site in 2001 to establish a base for educational programs in Ottawa, and subsequently opened the Laurentian Leadership Centre here in 2002. The exterior of the building is fully finished in brick and the roof is made of copper. Inside the residence, there are 11 public rooms that are each finished with a different variety of wood and handcrafted woodwork. Original tapestries cover the walls, and the residence is adorned with beautiful original stained-glass windows. Seven fireplaces can be found throughout the building, each made of different colours of Italian marble. For Digital Doors Open, tour this beautiful site through a Google Maps virtual tour.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

252 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.twu.ca/academics/laurentian-leadership-centre

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: John W.H. Watts
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Educational facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

John R. Booth Residence National Historic Site of Canada 252 Metcalfe Street