From the Office Window – Friday February 23 – 10:30 a.m.

Last Thursday I posted a few shots from our office windows taken on a cloudy day. The next day it was bright and clear with a wind that whipped the flags a caution. It was also -25c with that bloody wind but the views from the warmth of the 15th floor are great when the sun shines.
The Canadian War Museum and Eddy Complex I’m ashamed to say I have yet to visit the Canadian War Museum – isn’t that always the way. I’ll have to wait for some visitors to come into town. I don’t find it a particularly attractive building and frankly it looks like a building looking for a location with that expanse of land around it. However I have been told the exhibits are extremely well done and the current show on Afghanistan is worth the trip.
Willson's Carbide Mill on Victoria Island
Tip of Victoria Island towards Place de Portage There has been talk about developing the entire Victoria Island complex including the Ottawa Carbide Mill (top photo) built by inventor Thomas Willson. Unfortunately the Aboriginal Experience village is complete covered with snow in the lower photo. This island has been a native meeting place for centuries.
The Casino Lac Lemay and Hull between the smoke
Cormier's Folly - the Supreme Court of Canada When I look down at the Supreme Court Building I am always puzzled by the crazy – and let’s admit it unsuccessful – attempt to wed the Beaux Arts style with the Mansard roof line. Apparently that what Ernest Cormier, the architect, was instructed to built by the Government of the day. And it’s still more attractive than the War Museum.
The Alexandra Bridge and the Interprovincial Bridge The first bridge, the Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge, was the railway bridge into town when Ottawa had a train station at Confederation Square rather than in a distant suburb.
The Peace Tower and West BlockSadly I will be losing my view of the Peace Tower in the next few days – the flag was always a good indicator as to how bad the wind was on a stormy day. The new job comes with a cost – relocation to an inside cell… sorry cubicle.

From the Office Window – Thursday 3 P.M.

The War Museum and Eddy Complex
Towards Place de Portage and Victoria Island
The Interprovincial Bridge
Parliament Buildings and the Peace Tower
(Click on the pictures for an enlarged view.)
We have a great view from our corner on the 15th Floor – pretty much uninterrupted from the War Museum in the West to the Peace Tower in the East. Even though today was a bit gray and overcast its still a good view. On a sunny day when you can see the Gatineau Hills its a great one.