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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Ottawa > CNIB Building - BakerWood
CNIB Building - BakerWood
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created by Detroit on 9/30/2004 7:27 PM
last modified by Detroit on 10/12/2004 7:02 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The building is a three level (including basement) structure with two main wings. There is an auditorium, classrooms, and many offices. There is a hydraulic elevator that is stuck open in the basement and some sparse remains of a cafeteria.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: It was a GREAT site but you are too late!
 Physical Information
Ottawa, Ontario
Owner: Ashcroft Homes
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • Lots of broken glass as well as several rooms with drug paraphernalia.
  •  Interesting Features
    There is a lot of beautiful peeling paint. There are many windows on all sides of the building so the lighting in each room changes a lot through out the day. Even at night there is plenty of light coming in from street lights, and the view from the roof is nice although you are VERY exposed up there. Around the back there is a quiet courtyard that once held a nice garden. After it was closed the building was used for police tactical training and there are many shattered doors from various types of explosives.
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • wooden boarding
  • Locked doors, nosey neighbours.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1956
    Closed: 2002
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • Work Books - there is a lot of broken glass.
  •  Recommended Equipment
    A dust mask would be useful athough it is not an absolute necessity
    The official name of this building was BakerWood. It was named after Col. EA Baker and Lewis M. Wood, President of the CNIB for 37 years until 1955. Bakerwood became the new National Headquarters of the CNIB in 1956. The building was significantly expanded in 1969 with many improvements such as a hydraulic passenger elevator and an auditorium as well as much more floor space.

    Sadly in the late 90's the CNIB made plans to relocate and the building was sold to developers who will soon be building a 9 story, 200 unit condo project on the land. The official closing date of Bakerwood was August 30th, 2002.

    After the building was abandoned it was used for several police tactical training exercises including one memorable incident where the explosives used to blow open a door shattered windows and thus threw glass shards out into traffic on the street adjacent the building.

     Media Coverage
    There was a fair amount of local controversy over the planned condo development. A group of concerned neighbors tried to derail the project but they were predictably unsuccessful. Most local media outlets followed the story closely.
     Future Plans
    A 200 unit, 9 story condo is planned for the site. Go and look on the left side menu under "Residential" and then "Opus".

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     Photo Galleries
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    Detroit's Lunch Hour Visit
    Thu, Sep 30th, 2004
    posted by Detroit
    40 pictures
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    BakerWood Official Opening 1956
    Wed, Oct 6th, 2004
    posted by Detroit
    1 pictures
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    Detroit and Mutt go back again.
    Thu, Oct 7th, 2004
    posted by Detroit
    17 pictures
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    Spring 2003
    Tue, Oct 12th, 2004
    posted by Detroit
    9 pictures
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    The End
    Wed, Oct 13th, 2004
    posted by Detroit
    1 pictures

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    CNIB Auditorium
    Fri, Oct 1st, 2004
    posted by Detroit
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    Category Rating
    Photography 9 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mutt on 3/16/2006 10:33 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 16 06 at 20:41, Avatar-X deleted panorama city
  • on Mar 10 05 at 16:19, Mutt updated basic panorama info
  • on Oct 13 04 at 16:58, Detroit updated a gallery picture
  • on Oct 13 04 at 16:54, Detroit created a new gallery
  • on Oct 12 04 at 19:02, Detroit changed the main information
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  • on Oct 12 04 at 18:55, Detroit updated basic gallery info
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