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Ogilvy Building, Ottawa

The Ogilvy Building was once home to one of Ottawa’s first high-end department stores, Ogilvy’s, from 1907 to 1992. The building was designed by architect W.E Noffke, and expanded multiple times, including renovations in 1917, 1931, 1934, and 1940. Much of the department store was ruined in a fire in the 1970’s, and with the quick expansion of chain department stores such as the Hudson’s Bay, Eatons, and Sears, the store eventually shut its doors in 1992.

The property was declared a heritage building in 2000 which sat empty for nearly two decades. Cadillac Fairview purchased the property intending to use it as an extension to the Rideau Centre, Ottawa’s largest shopping centre. Heather & Little was excited to work alongside Heritage Grade of Ottawa and PCL Constructors of Ottawa for this decorative sheet metal project.

Sheet Metal Ornamental Fabrication Work

Heather & Little gratefully accepted the challenge to reproduce a 8-foot high copper medallion originally mounted on the corner of the building. Using only a historical black and white photo of the original medallion to reproduce the piece. This was deemed an intricate part of the restoration on the building, as had been missing for many years and not been seen.

The medallion is made from 20-ounce copper sheet metal. Focusing heavily on reproducing an identical medallion, a new drawing was produced by architects from old photos of the building; the size was estimated as closely as possible to reflect the proportionate size in the images. The team at Heather & Little hand sculpted the different elements for the die casting and pressing for the copper. Standing approximately nine feet tall, the completed medallion was shipped to Heritage Grade Company in Ottawa to be painted but before installation it it was decided to leave it in its natural copper colour mounting it back on the building.

H&L also reproduced the decorative sheet metal cornice band located just below the roof level all in lead coated copper.

Preservation Consulting

And if you are looking for a second opinion on your project or have a particularly complex issue that needs a fresh eye, we’re here for that too. Tackling tricky challenges is our specialty and we welcome the opportunity to provide consulting advice, with the same exacting attention to detail we bring to all our commissions.
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