Our doors are open on June 1 — visit us!

Royal College Staff
May 28, 2019 | Author: Royal College Staff

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.

Visiting hours

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.
Cows in a field where the Royal College now sits

Where cows once roamed, the Royal College now sits (photo by J.W. Gibons circa 1907)

Explore the full list of Doors Open Buildings 2019 on the City of Ottawa website.




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