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A Hated Expansion of Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier Will Go Ahead

The city council voted to approve an addition to the historic landmark over criticism that the design is “a travesty” and “frankly grotesque.”
A rendering of Chateau Laurier with the proposed expansion, viewed from the Rideau Canal locks.
A rendering of Chateau Laurier with the proposed expansion, viewed from the Rideau Canal locks.City of Ottawa

“It’s soooooo ugly.”

There was a chorus of derision in Ottawa last week as the city council moved forward with a controversial addition to Chateau Laurier, an iconic hotel that sits next to the Canadian Parliament in the heart of the city. When beleaguered councilors approved the plan at City Hall, boos and cries of “shame” hissed from the audience.