Fourth Time The Charm For Château Laurier Expansion Plans?

The architects behind a much-maligned makeover to Ottawa’s Château Laurier are hoping they finally have it right, and can win over critics of its modernist addition to the historic hotel.

The latest version of their design, the fourth, was released on the city’s website Wednesday. It features more limestone “to break up and add visual interest,” according to a heritage memo released as part of the proposal. The memo describes vertical “fins” of limestone facing Major’s Hill Park. The east facade, facing Mackenzie Avenue, and the west facade, facing the Rideau Canal, feature diagonal glass planes framed by more limestone.

Three previous designs were generally met with contempt from both heritage experts and the general public. This fourth iteration will need to win a series approvals at City Hall before construction can begin. City officials will get their first chance to publicly debate the design on June 18th at a meeting of the built heritage sub-committee. After that, the proposal will go before planning committee and city council.

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