The City of Ottawa’s Heritage Survey and Evaluation Form suggests that the property at 205 Crichton may have been developed in response to the housing crisis precipitated by the end of the Second World War. Each of the three rental units to have been built at 205 Crichton Street in 1945 were designed to provide 1,200 square feet of living space featuring defined living, dining and kitchen spaces, a bathroom and three bedrooms. Only two of three planned units were completed due to a lack of building materials associated with the war effort.
Demand for housing in New Edinburgh has remained strong due to its central location, convenient amenities and neighbourhood character. Notwithstanding this fact, attempts to rent the empty units at 205 Crichton Street remains a challenge and even the most desirable of the building’s two units remain vacant. Only a modicum of building maintenance has been undertaken over the course of the last 20 years. It is clearly apparent that the rental market expects more than that if we are to demand the rental rates typical of the neighbourhood – especially in the dead of winter.