Is it haunted? Little-known facts about our 100-year-old building

November 12, 2021 | Author: Royal College Staff
1 MIN READ (+ 10 MINS of audio)

In this article:

  • Who first occupied 774 Echo Drive and what was the building used for?
  • Why are the building’s iconic stained-glass windows only 35 years old?
  • How many different kinds of granite and marble make up the inlaid Coat of Arms at the base of the two-winged master staircase just outside the reception area?
  • How many time capsules are hidden in the building?

Find these answers and more, as you take in a curated stroll through the hidden secrets of the building and its grounds.

Today, the striking building at 774 Echo Drive in Ottawa, Canada, is the headquarters of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. But we weren’t the first occupants.

Built in 1921, the building that now houses our administrative office turns 100 years old this year. To celebrate, we have created a virtual tour using historical photographs and museum-quality audio clips (recorded by Special Collections Administrator Pete Smith).

774 Echo Drive, Ottawa, Canada

Ways to participate

  • Scroll through the photos then click on the audio player (below each slideshow) to hear the stories that accompany them.

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Royal College Backyard

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Royal College Backyard (2021)
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Royal College Backyard (1923-1991)
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Western Vegetable Garden
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Prepping Fresh Vegetables
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Central Courtyard & Atrium

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Central Courtyard (Facing East)
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Central Courtyard (Facing West)
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Construction of the Atrium (1992)
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The Atrium (2021)
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Public Chapel & Council Room

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Public Chapel (1923-1991)
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Barrier Between Public and Private Chapel
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The Council Room (2021)
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Stained Glass Windows

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Stained Glass Drawing (Desmarais & Robitaille)
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Stained Glass Drawing (Desmarais & Robitaille)
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Stained Glass Close Up
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Stained Glass in the Council Room
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Private Chapel & Roddick Room

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Nuns Private Chapel (1923-1991)
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Nuns in the Infirmary Ward
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The Roddick Room (1993)
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The Roddick Room (2021)
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Religious Barriers & Gates

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Religious Barrier Between Chapels (1923-1985)
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Religious Barrier Between Chapels (1923-1985)
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Gate Syle Barriers in Public Chapel (1985-1991)
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Gate Style Barriers in the Dinning Room (2021)
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Master Staircase & Coat of Arms

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Construction of Master Staircase (1992)
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Staircase and Wall Preparations (1992)
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Royal College Coat of Arms
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Master Staircase and Coat of Arms (2021)
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The Corner Stone

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74 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, ON
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Opening Address from Prime Minister Diefenbaker
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Laying of the Corner Stone
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Corner Stone in the Lower Atrium (2021)
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Time Capsules

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Hiding the Time Capsules (1993)
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Corner Stone
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Heritage Property Designations

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City of Ottawa Heritage Property (1998-Present)
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Letter from Mayor Jim Watson
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City of Ottawa Heritage Property (1998-Present)
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I. Scott Murray | November 18, 2021
Enjoyed this enlightening tour ! I will forward it to retired colllegues who have forgone their FRCS(P)C participation. Any chance of arranging live tour of this historic edifice ?
Royal College Communications | November 18, 2021
Hello, Dr. Murray. Thank you for your interest! Please reach out to history@royalcollege.ca with your request.
JEAN-PIERRE GERMAIN | November 17, 2021
Edifice impressionant a charactere religieux qui reflette bien notre profession; Un medecin guérît parfois; soulage souvent ; mais écoute toujours.
Mr.and Mrs Pedro Smith | November 17, 2021
Perfect presentation of the 100 Year Old Heritage Building, Great Job Son we are so proud of you! Love Your Mom and Dad