Embassy of Algeria in Ottawa


Embassy of Algeria in Ottawa

The Algerian Embassy in Canada is the embassy of Algeria in Ottawa, Canada. It is located in the Fleck/Paterson House in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood of Ottawa. It is located at 500 Wilbrod and looks out on the Rideau River. The house was built in between 1901 and 1903 by Ottawa lumber baron J.R. Booth who built it for his daughter Gertrude and her husband Andrew Fleck. It was designed by John W.H. Watts, who also did Booth House. Gertrude Fleck lived there until her death in 1940 when it was purchased by Senator Norman Paterson who lived in it until his death in 1983. After Paterson's death the house was bought by developers who hoped to turn it into a retirement home these efforts fell through, however, and the house was left abandoned for a number of years. It fell victim to vandalism and water damage before being bought by local developer Robert Van Eyk in 1989 for some $1.3 million with the plan to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast. The building was zoned only for residential purposes and the city blocked this plan. A few months later, in 1992 the building was sold to Maharishi Heaven on Earth Development Corp. for just over a million dollars. They hoped to turn the structure into a meditation centre and headquarters of the Natural Law Party of Canada. Extensive renovations, reportedly costing almost two million dollars, were undertaken and the building was fully restored. In 2002 the Maharishi Corp. decided to build its own structure in Ottawa and sold the building for $2.95 million to Algeria. This was one of the highest prices ever paid for a house in Ottawa, and the highest price ever paid for a heritage home in the city. The Algerians maintain a consular office at the embassy's old home at 435 Daly. Algeria also has a consulate in Montreal.

External links

* [http://www.embassyalgeria.ca Official site]


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