On the final day that I was planning to reveal the seventh and final clue for my Where In Ottawa contest, I am happy to announce that I have a winner. It seems that I have something to say, after all!
The location is the Hope Chambers building, also known as Bible House, at 61 Sparks Streetright next to the post office, the site of my second contest location (not planned, it just happened that way). Congratulations to Steph Piche, a.k.a. Voiceless Wonder.
Here is a breakdown of the clues:</ br>
- Above all Hopeas the name of the building suggests, it is the original location of booksellers and stationers, James Hope & Sons. The carving in the photo stands atop (above) the building.
- 4 lions belowon either end of the building are doors, which are covered with flat awnings that are adorned with lion heads.
- The home of a good book?Bible House. Need I say more?
- Seen by a Queenthe queen, in this case, is Queen Street, one block south. I first spotted the Hope Chambers building by accident. My girls and I were wandering downtown on the weekend of Doors Open Ottawa. When we were walking back to our vehicle, I stopped to change lenses on my camera at a gap between two buildings. I just happened to look north and saw, for the first time, the statue atop the Hope Chambers building, and the Bible House engraving. I started shooting.
- An old time highrisebuilt in 1910, Hope Chambers is Ottawa's earliest highrise building.
- Holy reading room!Hope Chambers used to house the Christian Science Reading Room, which apparently gave its name.