Willson Carbide Mill relic

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Marilyn Whiteley on November 24, 2007

From the National Capital Commission website of recognized heritage buildings: Willson Carbide Mill Victoria Island, Ottawa Inventor Thomas Willson developed a process for producing calcium carbide in 1892 and founded the Ottawa Carbide Company. He built a mill on Victoria Island between 1899 and 1900 to produce acetylene gas (a product of calcium carbide). The building, which Willson helped to design, was attractive in appearance (with stone exterior) and innovative in design. It was planned with a compartmentalized layout to mitigate the dangers of acetylene gas production. The buildings escaped the Great Fire in 1900 but were twice damaged by fire in the 1970s.

D Light on November 25, 2007

Hello Marylin, another carbide millin the area, this one is in the Gatineau Park in thewilderness, Greatings.

May M. B. (Swissmay) on November 25, 2007

Another industrial photo! Very nicely composed with the few trees beside and the wood behind. I like these clear lines, Marilyn! The building still shows its scars, maybe because of the incident. There can still be seen the traces of a second floor on the lower part of the building, which has maybe been pulled down, because of the incidents in the seventies.

Best wishes, May

Marilyn Whiteley on November 25, 2007

Thanks for the links, D Light, and for the comment, May.

When we came upon the old factory and I took the photos, I didn't know its history. My son learned via the internet when we returned to his house. My husband recognized the name as soon as he heard it, and not just from history. The daughter of "Carbide Willson" was a friend of my husband's parents, and both he and I remember meeting her!! Greetings, Marilyn

Vicki Atkins on November 25, 2007

How interesting for you and your husband, to rediscover some of your own history in this abandoned mill. Greetings, Vicki

Marilyn Whiteley on November 25, 2007

Yes, Vicki, it certainly lessens my disappointment in the weather and in the inaccessibility of what I'd hoped to photograph but couldn't. Cheers, Marilyn

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Photo taken in Victoria Island, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 24, 2007
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2007/11/24 12:07:59
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 9.84mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash