Old City Hall Reflections


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The John G. Diefenbaker Building served as Ottawa’s city hall from 1958 to 2000 and is commonly known as Old City Hall. The building is located on Green Island at the point where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River. These images show only a small part of a very large complex which is considered one of the most important International Style buildings in Canada. Modifications were made by Moshe Safdie in 1992-93. His work is known for dramatic curves, arrays of geometric patterns, use of windows, and key placement of open and green spaces.


One evening last fall I was looking for autumn colour and used the Old City Hall as the backdrop. I love the shallow depth of field of the first image but included the second so you could see the architecture that is blurred in the first image.






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