Days numbered for Coliseum at Lansdowne Park

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Get one last picture of the Coliseum building this weekend.

On Monday, construction crews will begin demolishing the historic Lansdowne Park structure.

The city says the back pavilion of the building will be the first to go and will take about two weeks.

The section along Bank St. will be torn down in two weeks. Vehicle traffic won't be affected, but pedestrians will have to use the sidewalk on the west side of the street. The bus stop in that stretch will be closed, so passengers will have to use the Bank St. stop at Holmwood Ave. or the one south of Lansdowne.

The Coliseum was built as a livestock and poultry show building in 1903 and reconstructed in 1906 for an auditorium and show ring. Since then, it has had a history of additions, demolitions and other modifications.

A heritage assessment on the building gave it a low-to-moderate significance rating.

Removing the Coliseum will make room for the retail stores and residences being built in the Lansdowne redevelopment.