How often do you find a farm in the middle of a city? The Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa is a unique example of a farm in the centre of an urban area. It wasn’t always this way. In 1886 when the Central Experimental Farm was established, the site was a rural location well outside the noise and traffic of the city.
The site comprised over 400 hectares and was used as a working farm, but more importantly, it was a research centre where new farming practices and crops were developed that would benefit farmers across Canada. Today, the Central Experimental Farm is a National Historic Site of Canada.
CSV Architects were invited by Project Managers Brookfield GIS and Natural Resources Canada to carry out heritage conservation and adaptive re-use of Observatory House, located on the Experimental Farm. The renovated building will serve as a centre for the ‘Circle of Nations’, a meeting place for First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.Read More