WHAT?  Fourth Annual One-Day Heritage Plaque Event in the Glebe

WHY? To celebrate the wonderful architecture and social history of the Glebe.

WHEN? During the Great Glebe Garage Sale on Saturday May 27, 2017

WHO? The owners/residents of Glebe homes with support from the GCA Heritage Committee.

HOW?  Prepare and install a simple temporary plaque/sign and attach it a stick or tree on your lawn near the sidewalk that identifies the history or your home and its architectural style.  This could include details on the builder/architect and details on its historical occupants.

Homeowners are encouraged to prepare and install a simple temporary plaque/sign presenting a brief history of the home and its occupants over the years.  You can find a basic one-page template with example at the Committee’s web site, http://www.glebeca.ca/committees/heritage/heritage.html, or by e-mailing the Committee at heritage@glebeca.ca for assistance, or create your own!  The plaque can be typed and printed, hand written, include copies of old photographs, the architect/builder if known, whatever you like!  We suggest you put the information on a full or half-page adhesive label or page that can be adhered to a foam board / cardboard and stapled to a long wooden stake, or a tree.

For information on how to research the history of your home, check out the City of Ottawa Archives guide on Researching the History of your Home. You may also wish to use a seven day free trial to Newspapers.com or simple Google searches to research the background of known previous occupants.  You can find the names of previous occupants by looking at the Ottawa City Directories (hardcopy or microfilm) at the main library or City Archives.  Only a few years of the directories are available on the internet (1890’s, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1923) via https://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/can/on/ottawa and 1912 via https://archive.org/details/ottawadirec191200midiuoft.  For assistance or questions, contact the Heritage Committee at heritage@glebeca.ca.  The committee is happy to help identify the architectural style of your house or help prepare your plaque for you using any information you might have.  Special Note:  If you live on Glebe Avenue, Linden Terrace, Monkland Avenue, Clemow Avenue or Powell Avenue, the GCA Heritage Committee has already completed a detailed electronic file on each home on these streets and would be pleased to provide you with an electronic copy for your use.

Do you live in the proposed Clemow Estates Phase II HCD?

(Details here https://glebeca.ca/clemow-estate-phase-ii/. and http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/planning-and-infrastructure/phase-ii-clemow-estate-heritage.

In support of the City’s work towards the possible designation of Phase II of the Clemow Estate Heritage Conservation District, the GCA Heritage Committee has compiled research on the homes in the proposed district and will be providing each house in the proposed district with its own prepared plaque in the week leading up to the sale!  We hope you will put them up on May 27 and share the wonderful history of your home and this area.


During the GGGS in 2014 the Heritage Committee supported a Heritage Ottawa project that saw temporary plaques put up at homes on Glebe East of Bank and Linden Terrace.  In 2015 and 2016, the committee expanded the project by encouraging all residents in the Glebe to post plaques for their own homes with our support.   The pilot project and subsequent iterations were well received and enjoyed by hundreds of passers-by.

The GCA Heritage Committee is making this an annual feature of the GGGS to help increase awareness and appreciation among residents and visitors of the special and valuable heritage character of our Glebe neighbourhood.