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.
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?