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That reclad makes the building look more like a commie block than the original cladding.
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The reclad is bad. The "before" was infinitely worse.
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The reclad is bad. The "before" was infinitely worse.
Yes, it was in extremely bad shape prior to the reno. Borderline slum tenements by Ottawa standards.
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2018, 1:36 PM
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I spent a night in the apartment of an acquaintance in that building - it was not much better on the inside! Strangely enough not the worst Ottawa I've been in by quite some margin.

I still think the reclad is worse though...
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What an awful recladding. It makes the building look new, but in the worst of ways. Those 50's or 60's buildings do get to be slummy if not taken care of, but they're generally quite well in terms of quality on the exterior, and more elegant in some ways compared to many towers later on. The balcony removal is a very poor move on their part.


As for those Oakville towers, I'm more open to that design than I was a few years ago. They look fine to me now.
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It reminds me of Pyongyang style architecture.



Sorry not the best comparison picture.
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[QUOTE=11a2b3;8357825]Posted this Ottawa gem a while back in the previous ugly thread.
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I'd like to see the Ottawa building in a less-Novembery picture.
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I'd like to see the Ottawa building in a less-Novembery picture.
Here's a more sunny pic:


Some info about the reclad:
http://padolsky-architects.com/portf...0-lees-avenue/
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Interesting that the convenience store only goes by the name DEPANNEUR. That's not something you see very often in Ottawa, and this area isn't really noted for being francophone.

Perhaps the word DEPANNEUR has gained a bit of traction in non-francophone spheres? It would be logical, if you ask me...
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There's uhhh, a lot going on with the signage on that retail.
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Interesting that the convenience store only goes by the name DEPANNEUR. That's not something you see very often in Ottawa, and this area isn't really noted for being francophone.

Perhaps the word DEPANNEUR has gained a bit of traction in non-francophone spheres? It would be logical, if you ask me...
The main store sign is "Supermarket".
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Yes, it was in extremely bad shape prior to the reno. Borderline slum tenements by Ottawa standards.
https://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa/comm...d_at_all_cost/

A few years ago my son did indoor soccer at the U of Ottawa dome near there on a weeknight and I'd sometimes go for a walk in the area and the shops @ 170 Lees were marginal at best. I think the coffee portion on the east side has gone through quite a few name changes.

The only real advantage of that building is the public transit options.
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2018, 6:27 PM
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Based on the reviews it seems like it's had an ownership change and renos at some point, but when I was in Ottawa in the early 2000s this was the absolute worst building I ever went into: https://goo.gl/maps/XjqZbBR9arz

Dow's Lake Towers. I was warned not to use the elevators as they usually jam, there was broken glass and garbage in most of the hallways and it smelled like rotting food inside. On two of the several times I was there (a friend from undergrad lived there) we had to vacate because of a fire alarm. His unit was absolutely disgusting as well, although he deserves some of the credit for that one.
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Based on the reviews it seems like it's had an ownership change and renos at some point, but when I was in Ottawa in the early 2000s this was the absolute worst building I ever went into: https://goo.gl/maps/XjqZbBR9arz

Dow's Lake Towers. I was warned not to use the elevators as they usually jam, there was broken glass and garbage in most of the hallways and it smelled like rotting food inside. On two of the several times I was there (a friend from undergrad lived there) we had to vacate because of a fire alarm. His unit was absolutely disgusting as well, although he deserves some of the credit for that one.
It doesn't look that bad on the outside, but yeah, that area (Bell St. South and Cambridge St. South one block over) doesn't have the best reputation. Though there has been some gentrification in the area.
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The main store sign is "Supermarket".
I guess they should look for a new translator!
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And someone that can put N's the correct way more than 50% of the time.
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Curious what you guys think of these infill projects... they're both in older neighbourhoods. I can't tell if the heritage elements are tacky to visitors or not.

This one is in Georgestown. It has garages, which is rare for the neighbourhood.





And this one is in Bannerman. It has a huge three-car garage attack - garages are normal in that neighbourhood but not at that scale lol



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We've taken similar walks through the city in the past week, I see.

I hate that infill in Georgestown, I think it's ugly. The one on Circular Road isn't so bad, though it may be because they're not using cheap materials (that's real stone, real nice clapboard) and it fits in nicely with that lot with a bunch of mature trees, and the house style (minus the garage) fits in fairly nice with that neighbourhood.
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^^ They seem quite tastefully done compared to the existing stock within the neighbourhood. Houses with vinyl siding showing strong reds and blues colours are rare in Edmonton.
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