I’ve been meaning to post this photo for ages.  It shows the former chapel of the Deschatelets Residence in Ottawa.

The picture shows when the chapel was still in use as a chapel, when what is now “Deschatelets” was the St Joseph’s Scholasticate for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Notre-Dame du Cap province.

The architecture is very much of its time, and/but it was, and is, a beautiful space.  This chapel was actually the second main chapel of the building.  An earlier chapel was demolished to make way for additions to the building.

The chapel shown in the picture below was later turned into a library.  Interestingly, the libary has just recently been closed and the books shipped off.  I’m looking forward to seeing the old chapel once all the shelves are removed.

At this stage, the Oblates will most likely sell their building and land for redevelopment at some time in the future.  The old chapel – at least as a space – will have to be preserved as it is now protected under heritage provisions.   As it happens, the chapel is probably about all that will be preserved.  Most of the building has been internally gutted and rebuilt over time, and there doesn’t appear to be anything left from when the original section was built in the late 1800s.

The chapel still in use ... and, when Mass was still celebrated facing the right way!

The Deschatelets Residence ... home of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate ... and temporary abode of students of St Paul University