Ottawa Jail Hostel Roof Survey

Jun 21, 2017 | Inspections

The Nicholas Street Gaol was the main jail of Ottawa from 1862 until 1972. When the jail closed, Hostelling International purchased and converted the building, but left much of the structure intact, allowing guests to experience spending a night “in jail”. The top floor, which had served as the jail’s death row, has been restored to much of its original condition and daily tours are conducted. was retained to do a photo-survey of the roof. The photo-survey is being used to solicit bids for repairs and restoration to the building. The project was challenging from a planning point of view, given the site’s proximity to Parliament Hill and National Defence Headquarters across the street.

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