I was delighted to give a public talk for Heritage Ottawa last March on the topic of Canadian Gothic. In it, I tried to answer a question that I’m sure has been nagging at you for years: how did a style of architecture invented near Paris in the 1140s end up in places like Ottawa and Labrador in the 1850s?

Of course, a ‘public talk’ isn’t what it was before the age of COVID. When my teaching abruptly moved online over a year ago, I quickly realized that I wasn’t giving lectures any more – I was producing videos. So that’s what I tried to do for Heritage Ottawa, too.

It’s posted at this link if you’re interested in checking it out.

Peter Coffman

Supervisor, History & Theory of Architecture