Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited undertook a massive $250 million renovation and expansion of the Rideau Centre, a large shopping centre located in downtown Ottawa constructed in 1982. The Rideau Centre Expansion (B+H Architects), with the associated Ogilvy Façade Dismantling and Reinstatement project (Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects) is one stage of this multi-staged project.
The Rideau Centre Expansion project included the construction of a new four-storey building with three storeys of underground parking on a previously empty lot and the site of the former Ogilvy’s Department Store, a turn of the century commercial heritage building located on the northeast corner of the site facing Rideau Street and Nicholas Street.
The primary goal of the Ogilvy Façade Dismantling and Reinstatement project was to dismantle the existing heritage facades of the Ogilvy building prior to demolition of the building structure, and to reinstate the restored heritage façades on the new Rideau Centre Expansion building to the reflect Ogilvy’s original 1907 -1908 design (three storeys in height, five bays on Rideau Street and seven bays on Nicholas Street).
The Ogilvy Façade Reinstatement project was generally complete by December 2015. The Rideau Centre Expansion project was open to the public August 11, 2016. The Ogilvy Façade project is a unique installation that commemorates the architectural heritage of the former Ogilvy Department Store. It has been warmly received by the public and architectural community, and will contribute significantly to the overall Rideau Centre Revitalization project, the redevelopment of Rideau St., and the Nicholas Street pedestrian mall.