Landmarks Ottawa Destroyed: Bennett’s Club

In 1911, when Prime Minister Richard Bennett first arrived in Ottawa as a bachelor MP, his choice of accommodation was the Rideau Club. The restaurant was good, and Bennett liked food. “He believed if he put on weight he would present a more impressive appearance,” a friend recalled. In time Bennett ate his way to diabetes, and the Rideau Club burned to the ground. But once, both were in their glory.

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