— A two-storey brick home in a wooded area at the rear of Rideau Hall, it was built in 1866-67.
— It has been the residence of the secretary to the governor general; the latest resident, Stephen Wallace, moved out on the weekend to clear the way for the Trudeau family.
— Originally a one-storey structure, the house has expanded over the years, gaining a second storey and a kitchen addition.
Rideau Cottage is seen on the grounds of Rideau Hall, Monday October 26, 2015 in Ottawa. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)
— Originally built as an 11-room family home in 1838, the building was purchased first as a summer home and then as the principal residence for the governor general.
— It has been dramatically expanded over the years; the main building now has about 175 rooms, covering about 8,825 square metres.
— The grounds cover 32 hectares of lawns, flower beds, woods, greenhouses, gardens and service areas.
— The property includes room for a winter skating rink and a summer cricket pitch.
Rideau Hall. (Photo: National Capital Commission)
— Built in 1868 by Joseph Currier, a wealthy businessman and politician.
— The limestone home, which was originally called Gorffwysfa, or "place of peace" in Welsh, sits on a 1.6-hectare site high above the Ottawa River.
— It remained in private hands until 1946, when it was expropriated by a federal government determined to keep the surrounding stretch of river bank free from commercial use.
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— In 1950, it was refurbished and designated as a residence for the prime minister. Louis St. Laurent was the first PM to live there.
— The house is little changed since 1950, except for the addition of a windowed sunroom at the rear modernization of the kitchen, and the addition of an enclosed pool and sauna.
— In 2008, the auditor general looked at the building and reported cracked windows and caulking, window air conditioners which were then nearing the end of their useful lives, a 50-year-old electrical system operating at near capacity, deficient plumbing, no universal disabled access, a service elevator which cannot accommodate wheelchairs, and a kitchen and basement laundry described as "not functional.'
— The report said $10 million in repairs were needed.
— Built as a private home in 1914 and named after a town in the Scottish Hebrides.
— It was home during the Second World War to Princess Juliana, the heir to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who fled to Canada after the Nazi invasion of her homeland.
— In the 1940s, a private fund raised money to buy the house as a residence for the leader of the Official Opposition.
— Conservative Leader George Drew was the first leader to take up residence.
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