Is it haunted? Little-known facts about our 100-year-old building
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).
Ways to participate
- Scroll through the photos then click on the audio player (below each slideshow) to hear the stories that accompany them.
- If you prefer reading, view the written transcript of the audio clips
Like history? Join the History and Heritage Advisory Board!
The Royal College History and Heritage Advisory Board is seeking new members to serve a two-year term starting in February 2022. To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest. Expressions of interest are due no later than December 3, 2021.
Learn more about the History and Heritage Advisory Board.