Ottawa had no Garden Cities, but Thomas Adams’ 1919 design for Lindenlea is a fine example of a Garden Suburb. The 9 hectare (22 acre) site was a demonstration project for the federal government’s first affordable housing programme, providing modest homes in an attractive setting, with a community hall, small parks system, a wading pool, tennis court and playground. Adams re-planned the area, replacing the grip proposed by the Ottawa Housing Corporation for the steep and rocky site between Beachwood Avenue and Rockcliffe Park. Unfortunately, the overall effect was initially marred by construction of identical houses in almost ever lot, but these have been much-modified over the years.

Site Plan of Lindenlea

Adams' 1919 Report Describing the Site Plan

Review/ Keyword Search of the Entire Text of the Report (PDF Document)

Adams' Lecture on Town Planning Methods

Commentary on the Plan

JTPIC Article of 1921 on Evaluation of Implementation

Letters to the Journal Editor in 1924 Debating Planning of Lindenlea

Other References

Link to Home Page of Canada's Capital Planning Website



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Updated September 2,  2006