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October 27, 2016: Past Neighbours #6; 75 & 77 Lyndale at Forward.

October 27, 2016: Past Neighbours #6;
75 & 77 Lyndale at Forward.

By Maureen Cullingham.

This is the 6th in a series showing houses gone from Mechanicsville. I took this photo of 75 and 77 Lyndale Avenue in 1990. They were torn down in 1995 along with six houses to the north along the west side of Forward Avenue to make way for a complex of stacked townhouses. The house at 172 Forward Avenue was attached to this row, at the corner of Lynwood and Forward.

Names of occupants of these two houses before 1990 include Clancy, Lalonde, Paquette, Crosby and Hoggarth.

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 area is bounded by Scott Street to the north and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to the south, between Parkdale and Bayview.

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 townhouses are counted. In addition, there are photos of about 40 dwellings (like this one) that have been torn down over 26 years.

side view of 2 storey home with light coloured siding and low slope roof

Side of History.

Photo Caption: The building at the corner of Lyndale and Forward Avenue pre-1995. To see a photo of the same corner today, see bottom. Photo by Maureen Cullingham.

home with no front yard, but a front porch and sidewalk on a corner.

Face of the past.

Photo Caption: Front view of original home. Photo by Maureen Cullingham.

3 storey townhouse with evergreen on corner

Rising up today.

Photo Caption: Modern day townhouse that replaced original dwelling. Photo by Maureen Cullingham.

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