Walking through a self-guided tour, the public will be able to explore the important role that the LLC has played in Ottawa history. Built in 1901 by the well-known architect, John W.H. Watts, the site was originally the home of prominent Canadian lumber baron and businessman, John R. Booth. After Booth's death, the residence stayed in the Booth family until 1947, when it was purchased by the Laurentian Club of Ottawa. While the club actively used the home for many of its events, it was careful to preserve the décor and the original design of the building. Trinity Western University purchased the building in 2001.
Today, the site is considered one of the finest architectural examples of a Queen Anne Revival style building in Ontario, and the Historical Society named the LLC as the third most valuable building in Ottawa. It is also one of only 19 buildings in Ontario whose interior has been designated as heritage protected. As part of Trinity Western University, the LLC is now home to a unique program in which third and fourth year university students spend a semester living in the heart of Ottawa, while they participate in internships around the city—from Parliament Hill to the Ottawa Citizen.
Since 2002, Ottawa has hosted the annual weekend celebration event, “Doors Open Ottawa” in which buildings of historic and architectural significance all over the city are open and free to the public for tours, special exhibits, and one-on-one conversations about the history and design of the buildings. By allowing residents and tourists alike to discover the city through active exploration, the event not only celebrates the rich legacy of the architecture and the cultural heritage of the city, but it also serves to foster a greater sense of community.
To find out more information about the history of the LLC or to learn more about the “Doors Open Ottawa” event, please visit http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/heritage/doorsopen/index_en.html.
AT A GLANCE
Event: “Doors Open Ottawa”
Date: Sat.-Sun., June 2-3, 2007; The Laurentian Leadership Centre will be open from 10am-4pm on June 2, 2007
Location: Throughout the city; The Laurentian Leadership Centre is located at 252 Metcalf Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1R3
Contact: To find out more about the “Doors Open Ottawa” event see http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/heritage/doorsopen/index_en.html, or to find out about the Laurentian Leadership Centre see http://www.twu.ca/sites/laurentian/
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.
Writer: Amber Butler
Last Updated: 2009-04-30