The Embassy of Croatia – Doors Open Ottawa

I visited the Embassy of Croatia in Canada during Doors Open Ottawa over the weekend. The heritage building, called Toller House, is located at the corner of Chapel and Daly streets in Sandy Hill.  The building was bought and beautifully restored by Croatian expats in the 1990s. This visit was the highlight of my Doors Open Ottawa 2016 weekend. I love spending time inside the old heritage buildings that give Ottawa its character.

The area around the fireplace is often use as a space for receptions. There is plenty of space to move around and a lots of natural light.

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Free chocolates, including the famous Bajadera bars, and pamphlets were offered to visitors.Jeremy_MacLaine_Doors_Open_Ottawa_04

Croatia’s current President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (in the above photo),  served as a diplomat during the renovation of Toller House in the 1990s.

Here we see the Embassy, viewed from Chapel street.

Doors Open Ottawa – Laurier House

Over the weekend, I visited Laurier House, which was open for this year’s Doors Open Ottawa event. Laurier House was the former residence of two of Canada’s most important Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King. It was here that they conducted much of their work and entertained heads of state from around the world.

Fine Dining.
Fine Dining.
From 1860 - Plaster of Abraham Lincoln's Face and Hands
From 1860 – Plaster of Abraham Lincoln’s Face and Hands
King's Telephone and Radio
King’s Telephone and Radio
Zoé Laurier's self-playing electric piano
Zoé Laurier’s self-playing electric piano
Drinks
Drinks
The RCMP Room
The RCMP Room
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining
The Breakfast Room
The Breakfast Room
King's Study
King’s Study