Wallis House Condo Ottawa | 589 Rideau St
Wallis House Condo Ottawa is a classic heritage building unlike no other. Constructed in 1983 this building was originally one of Ottawas first modern hospitals. After¬†the hospital closed in 1924 the building served as a seminary, barracks, veteran housing, an armory and during the Second World War Canadian Military Soldiers occupied the building. In 1990 ¬... Read More
Wallis House Condo Ottawa is a classic heritage building unlike no other. Constructed in 1983 this building was originally one of Ottawa’s first modern hospitals. After¬†the hospital closed in 1924 the building served as a seminary, barracks, veteran housing, an armory and during the Second World War Canadian Military Soldiers occupied the building. In 1990 ¬†Wallis House Condo Ottawa was officially designated a Heritage Building by the City of Ottawa. Following this designation, Smallwood of Andrex Holdings in partnership with Wilberfoss Inc and Domicile acquired the property and converted the interior of the building to the current 46 authentic loft condominiums that were designed keeping in mind the Heritage significance of this amazing building.¬†Cathedral ceilings, wide hallways, ¬†and soaring windows characterize each unit, which boast a New York-style loft feeling. Beautifully upgraded, 1-2 bedroom units feature exposed brick walls, exposed ducts, fireplaces, hardwood flooring, and open concept living, with many units featuring 2 storeys for trendy loft living. Building amenities include an exercise center, security, and a rooftop terrace. Located blocks from walking paths, parks and the Rideau River, yet is still within walking distance of everything downtown has to offer.
Wallis House Neighbourhood Guide
Wallis House is located in Lower Town. Lower Town is bordered by the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River. Near Sandy Hill, New Edinburgh and Lindenlea communities, the residential area is mostly found in Lower Town‚Äôs North Eastern section. Lower Town will not disappoint you with its wide selection of international restaurants that can be found on Murray Street.
Other Hard Lofts in Ottawa
Hard Lofts in Ottawa
Wallis House is a hard loft. An authentic Hard Loft is a rare beast. Lofts in Ottawa are in short supply due to the nature of their origin. In order to fit this category, a former industrial or commercial use space must be converted into a residential living space. Out of this formula, some common elements arise. Old, often exposed brick, visible mechanical elements of the building such as pipes and beams, large windows and vaulted ceilings. The latter is the element from which a loft derives its name. A lofted ceiling that allows a living space to feel much larger than the square footage of the floor plan. Ceiling heights from 11 to16 ft are common.
There are no rules regarding whether or not a loft includes separate bedrooms. There may be no separation at all. Partition walls at less than ceiling height may be present or a second floor with partial walls or overlooks can be found. These are usually seen in units where the ceiling height is generous enough to allow room for a partial second floor.
The conversion of these commercial buildings are one-off. Often what makes them stand out are the singular elements associated with that particular building. Some will feature 100 yr old flooring, the wide beams and large nails that made up the factory floors of the day. Others may be touted for the uniqueness of the brick used to construct the building or the shape and style of the stonework. Window style will also be particular to each building, with original glass and frames, shape and size all contributing to the style of the lofts in Ottawa.
Of special interest, will be the history of the building. The story that these conversions tell is almost as important as the design in conveying the style of the home. The original use, any subsequent commercial conversions and the date of the original construction, all contribute to setting the buildings apart. All of these factors naturally limit the height of the buildings, but not necessarily the amenities. There are Hard Lofts that also include common areas, fitness rooms and shared rooftop spaces. Of particular interest are buildings that have been reclaimed from the public domain such as schools and churches.
The other criteria that must be filled is location. While this applies to every home and business, the trick with Hard Lofts is there must be underutilized or vacant industrial space near to an urban centre. Simply converting a vacant factory in the middle of nowhere, doesn‚Äôt have much appeal. Look for office, commercial and retail conversion as live work spaces to fill the gap in demand. It is also important to note the distinction between living spaces and those designated for mixed use, as this adds volume to the available Hard Loft category. Those with dual zoning are sometimes listed as artists spaces, or live work units. Both styles are more likely to be found in urban centres with high foot traffic.
The price tag associated with these one of a kind lofts in Ottawa, is not often congruent with the artists label they may receive. In some cities this was born of the use of buildings that could house projects, but were not necessarily converted to living spaces. In the past, inexpensive, unused industrial space was a great fit for artists. Necessities like plumbing and heat, were ignored in favour of the affordability. City zoning and housing laws will play a large part in determining what‚Äôs on offer for Hard Lofts today. Each city will determine what constitutes a space fit for living, and where inhabitants are allowed to offer commercial services from their residence.
Wallis House Condo Ottawa | 589 Rideau St - Units
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Wallis House Condo Ottawa | 589 Rideau St - Amenities
- Common Patio
- Storage Locker
- Underground Parking