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Web-extra (April 14, 2016): House Down the Street; Lost Mechanicsville, 72 Carruthers.

Web-extra (April 14, 2016): House Down the Street;
Lost Mechanicsville, 72 Carruthers.

By Maureen Cullingham.

Beginning in 1990, as a new resident of Mechanicsville, I began documenting the dwellings in my neighborhood. At that time, I took photos of every house and business and copied lists of the house occupants from City of Ottawa directories. Those lists begin in 1912, the first year Mechanicsville was included in the directory after being annexed in 1911.

The collection now includes at least four photos of each house or business between 1990 and 2015. The number of buildings existing now is between 200 and 300, (depending on how stacked row-houses are counted. In addition, there are photos like this of about 40 dwellings that have been torn down over 26 years.

This is the 2nd in a series showing houses gone from Mechanicsville — the area bounded by Scott Street to the north and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to the south, between Parkdale and Bayview.

Future Flat.

Future Flat.

Photo Caption: This photo, taken in 1990, shows 72 Carruthers, between Lyndale and Burnside. The house was torn down in 1991 along with surrounding houses at 62, 74 and 76, to make way for a home for unwed mothers. The residence was never built due to funding issues, and the space is now a parking lot. Photo by Maureen Cullingham.

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