Vitaly Gregorievich Pavlov (1914 – 2005)

Pavlov was a Soviet spy. Pavlov lived at 77 Marlborough between 1942-1945 in a house whose exterior is little changed from the 1940s. Officially Second Secretary at the Soviet Embassy nearby, Pavlov was in fact a representative of the NKGB … Read More

Henri-Marc Ami

1858-1931 Canadian geologist and paleontologist Ami lived at 453 Laurier Ave. E. between 1907 and 1921. Son of a Swiss protestant missionary and a French mother, Ami studied geology at McGill University under the renowned William Dawson before joining the … Read More

William (Billy) Avery Bishop

Billy Bishop was Canada’s top flying ace of the First World War, and was officially credited with 72 victories. He was the first Canadian airman to receive the Victoria Cross, as well as several other decorations. The Toronto Islands airport … Read More

Lois Frances Booth

1897-1941 Lois Booth was the daughter of John Frederick Booth and granddaughter of the legendary John Rudolphus Booth. J. R. Booth was a Canadian lumber king and railroad baron who also had several other commercial interests. In 1892, his lumber … Read More

Cameron Macpherson Edwards

1881-1959   C.M. Edwards was the sixth child of John C. Edwards (who built 345 Laurier) and a nephew of W.C. Edwards. Between 1920 and 1937, he lived at 407 Wilbrod St. In the 1921 census, Edwards is listed with … Read More

Sir Sandford Fleming

1827-1915   Fleming was a true polymath although he finished his formal schooling at the age of 14. He was in turn a surveyor, a lithographer, a map-maker and an engineer. He was also a tireless promoter and became one … Read More

Eva Gauthier

1885 – 1958 Gauthier was a rare classically-trained Canadian singer to achieve international fame in the early 20th C. She adapted her wide vocal range to sing opera, folk songs and jazz. Eva Gauthier was the daughter of Louis Gauthier, … Read More

Malak Karsh

1915-2001   Malak Karsh was an internationally-known photographer.   Karsh and his wife Barbara lived at 292 Laurier Ave. E. (corner of Russell Ave.)  for five years between 1980 and 1985. While Karsh’s older brother Yousuf became world-famous for his … Read More

Frank McGee

1882 – 1916   A member of the Ottawa Silver Seven, Frank ”One-eyed” McGee scored 14 goals in a Stanley Cup play-off game in 1905 and was considered one of the best hockey players of his generation. Francis Clarence “Frank” … Read More

Werner Noffke

1878 – 1964 Noffke has been described as one of Ottawa’s most influential and prolific architects, designing over 200 buildings in and around Ottawa (he built several more further afield). An observer wrote that “one can be born in a … Read More

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