Our doors are open on June 1 — visit us!
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is participating in Doors Open Ottawa. Come visit us on June 1 to learn more about our historic building, the significance of our coat of arms and seal, and our History of Medicine Collection and library.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
774 Echo Drive, Ottawa
Little-known facts about the building
- The Royal College is housed in a former convent that was once home to the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood (a cloistered order).
- Construction of the building began in 1914 but a steel shortage in 1916, due to the war effort, halted its assembly. The building was completed in 1921.
- At one time, there were 60 nuns living in the building which included a public chapel, a private chapel, a courtyard and an infirmary.
- When the Royal College purchased the building in 1991, renovations preserved the building’s natural beauty and the aesthetic heritage of the building (e.g. tall arches, stained glass).
- In 1998, the building was designated a national heritage site as a pristine example of religious houses found across Canada in the early 20th century.
Explore the full list of Doors Open Buildings 2019 on the City of Ottawa website.