Charlesfort brings New York-style art deco to Ottawa

 

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Art deco is a design style made popular in the 1920-30s, featuring geometric motifs, curvilinear forms, and sharply defined outlines–think Batman’s Gotham City. Watch movies or TV shows set in New York, and you’ll see many iconic buildings reflecting this style. But you don’t have to travel to New York to see examples of art deco architecture: Ottawa-based Charlesfort Development has brought this style of construction to Ottawa. Charlesfort President Doug Casey stated in an 2007 interview published in the Ottawa Citizen that “our goal is to create the heritage buildings of tomorrow”.

 

They’ve accomplished this objective with several projects in the Ottawa area, bringing a taste of New York’s art deco style to the national capital region. Compare Charlesfort’s condo at 75 Cleary (The Continental) with the Park Plaza apartments, one of the first art deco buildings constructed in New York City.

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Park Plaza Art Deco Apartments, New York City and 75 Cleary- The Continental, Ottawa
CLICK PICTURE TO VIEW PAGE ON 75 CLEARY (THE CONTINENTAL)

Or look at the echoes of the office tower at 500 Fifth Avenue, NYC that are reflected in the condominiums at Hudson Park, at 245 Kent Street.

 

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500 Fifth Av, New York City and 245 Kent Hudson Park, Ottawa
CLICK PICTURE TO VIEW PAGE ON 245 Kent (Hudson Park)

See the similarities in style between 20 Exchange Place, NYC and the second phase of Charlesfort’s Hudson Park, at 235 Kent Street.

 

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20 Exchange Place, New York City and 235 Kent Hudson Park II, Ottawa
CLICK PICTURE TO VIEW PAGE ON 235 Kent (Hudson Park II)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, compare the plans for Charlesfort’s current project, the Merit, located across from Ottawa’s City Hall, with the Empire State Building.

 

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The Empire State Building, New York City and The Merit, Ottawa
CLICK PICTURE TO VIEW PAGE ON The Merit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Ottawa Citizen (February 5, 2011), Doug Casey began thinking about the perfect art deco building when he purchased the Merit’s site at the corner of Lisgar and Cartier’s streets in 2008. Just as the Empire State building broke new heights with a modern design, the Merit will set a new standard for stylish and distinctive architecture in Ottawa. And who knows what future plans Charlesfort has?

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