One of, if not the key figure in west Ottawa 100 years ago was Frederick Heney. Very few contributed more to the development of the area than Heney, and aside from being perhaps the most well-known citizen of early Kitchissippi, was also one of the most well-off. This was reflected in his awesome home which stood on the spot where the Canadian Bank Note Company stands today, on Richmond Road by Kirkwood Avenue. The house was demolished in 1947 in a historically regrettable move, and perhaps even more unfortunate is how Heney's accomplishments have become faded over time. Even most of Kirkwood used to be called Heney Street until the 1940s.
My article in the Kitchissippi Times this week focuses on Heney's life, and his family's 100-year presence on Richmond Road, and most particularly his amazing mansion house. What I like about the story too is that it speaks of how the house does actually live on today, probably unbeknownst to residents of the Hampton-Iona community, many of whom probably still have building materials, components or furniture which once were a part of the mansion.
Please click on the link below to view the article, which also includes some pretty cool photos: