Real estate development company Choo Communities and Ashcroft Urban Developments have constructed a heritage façade to honour Sparks Street’s (Ottawa, Ont.) historic pedestrian mall.
The heritage façade has recently been reconstructed to its original glory and is now a part of the Re, a luxurious mixed-use development featuring reOttawa and reResidences by David Choo, CEO of Choo Communities.
“Thrilled to be bringing back this piece of heritage following over 10 years of steadfast commitment and challenges. We merged history and modernity to provide inspiring living quarters that respond to community needs for conservation and diversity,” said Choo.
The façade was originally constructed between 1870 and 1875 and renovated somewhere around 1897. It took six years of working alongside the National Capital Commission, Ventin Group, and Roderick Lahey Architects, to ensure the original components were carefully preserved. Wood, trims, and metal surrounds of the windows were salvaged, everything else had to be replaced using the closest materials and finishes while referencing a photograph dating back to 1909. Choo and team were challenged in finding creative and authentic ways to recreate and perfect alongside quality-oriented craftsmen.
The construction of the new site took place from April 2016 to October 2020. What once highlighted different commercial and cultural attractions now consists of an 18-storey modern multi-use space with an emphasis on style, craftsmanship, and top-notch services.
“Our purpose is to create meaningful value, where a building is not only esthetically pleasing, but also responds concretely to everyday living needs. The Re is about reinventing, rejoicing, and relaxing,” said Choo.