PROJECT

Prime Ministers’ Row

Canada's first street museum at the heart of the Nation's Capital.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Prime Ministers’ Row (PMR) will become an innovative, participation-oriented, multi-block, multimedia outdoor cultural space designed to encourage reflection on national questions of governance, identity, culture, values and history.

 

PROJECT DETAIL

Travelling east on Laurier Avenue from downtown Ottawa takes you into the heart of Sandy Hill and one of richest historical neighbourhoods in Canada. Seven fathers of Confederation and ten former Prime Ministers called the area home. Sir John A. MacDonald’s Stadacona Hall, Diefenbaker’s apartment at The Strathcona, and Laurier House—where Canada’s seventh and tenth prime ministers lived—are all still found on Laurier Avenue East. Other dignitaries lived within a few blocks, including Sir Charles Tupper on Daly Street, Lester B. Pearson on Augusta Street, and Pierre Trudeau on Besserer. 

Now Civics Boot Camp graduate Suneeta Millington is leading an initiative to transform Laurier Avenue East into Canada’s first Street Museum and newest outdoor cultural institution. 

Prime Ministers’ Row (PMR) will become an innovative, participation-oriented, multi-block, open-air pedestrian-focused zone that leveraged the incredible built heritage and social history of the area to create a literal and figurative space to engage with the contemporary issues facing Canada today. 

In the summer of 2016, PMR was included by the National Capital Commission in the Plan for Canada’s Capital, as one of the 17 Milestone Projects that will guide the next 50 years of Capital building.  Prime Ministers’ Row is comprised of four distinct yet complementary elements:

  • Infrastructure Transformation
  • Structural Additions
  • Programming & Events
  • Multimedia Platforms

 

The project has attracted key individuals, from Special Advisors such as The Honourable Landon Pearson, OC and George Dark, to a well-known and talented locally-based Steering Committee, to Board Members from across the country including: 

  • Thomas Axworthy, OC, former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau 
  • Poet Gaston Bellemare, CM, OQ 
  • Broadcaster Mary Lou Findlay 
  • Entertainer Mary Walsh, CM 
  •  Author Esi Edugyan

 

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