The iconic Park Square apartment building on Elgin, right beside the Wallace apartments, is quite different from the #ParkSquare
I posted in early 2018 on Bay Street. Built in #1936
, this #ArtDeco
classic faces the north end of the @MuseumofNature.
“The most common question that I get asked about Park Square is who the architect was that designed it. I still don’t know that answer, and besides, builders in those days would not always use formal architectural plans (in the sense we think of today) or they would recycle designs from a previous commission. In the case of Park Square, it’s pretty clear that it shares enough in common with the Normandie on King Edward, designed by (Cecil) Burgess and (Edwin) Gardner.
“Construction of Park Square appears to have occurred during a bit of a handover period in the growing Shenkman empire, in which Wolf Shenkman began stepping back a bit more in the family’s business while his son, (J.) Harold, became increasingly involved. So, in 1934 when the Journal reported that it was Wolf Shenkman who purchased the property, that wasn’t entirely accurate. In the lot’s property abstract, it is the name of his son that shows up as the purchaser.”
“The 13-unit apartment with some moderne touches was, however, absolutely built on the cheap. It even seems to be possible that it was put up with leftover materials from the Normandie, or at least, the Shenkmans got a pretty good deal on two colours of rug brick at a time when construction was in a lull. That they chose directly-supervised day labour to construct the apartment rather than putting it to tenders only solidifies it. At nearly $1,800 per unit (that’s not a typo), it’s the least expensive build I’ve seen in any case.”
#Ottawa #613history #ottawaarchitecture #igersOttawa #instaOttawa #ElginStreetOttawa #ParkAvenueOttawa #idigelgin #CentretownOttawa #DowntownOttawa #myOttawa #LoveOttawa #heritagebuilding #1930s