The monument to Lord Stanley of Preston, the governor general of Canada, will be located on city-owned land near the intersection of Sparks and Elgin streets -- not far from where the idea of what would become the Stanley Cup originated.
"This is the perfect location," said Paul Kitchen, hockey historian and president of the Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Committee. "The monument will be located across from the site of the former Russell House Hotel where the Governor General's announcement of the Stanley Cup was made, and one block south of the East Block of the Parliament Buildings where Lord Stanley maintained an office. This presentation by Lord Stanley was an iconic moment in our Canadian sporting history and this project will inspire pride in all Canadians."
The committee said it is targeting an unveiling date of March 18, 2017, which would mark 125 years to the day when Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada's sixth governor general, donated the trophy to be awarded annually to the country's top hockey team.
cool, i've always thought there should be something commemorating the site of the preston house. A few geeks like me know where it would've been and that the cup was awarded there, but most have no idea of the history of that whole area before the greber plan created the war memorial, NAC, and the park.
the area gets a lot of foot-traffic, especially from tourists, being directly across from parliament hill and the war memorial, so i hope the design is good because it's something people who visit ottawa will inevitably notice.
It's not like he was some schlub who dedicated a cup and then did nothing else... he was a respected member of the British parliament, an exceptionally popular and well traveled Governor General of Canada (during a crucial period in the country's history, during which his actions helped shape the modern office), a major philanthropist, an ardent sportsman and promoter of modern technologies like the phonograph (his voice is the second oldest we have on record).
Last edited by Crease: 03-19-2013 at 08:38 AM.
why not?... And that's not even counting the number of places named in his honor in England, including another large urban park.
Why not indeed? I think its a terrific idea. Far more than "just a bowl" was donated.... and ya, Stanley Park here in Vancouver, another in Liverpool. And gramophones Brodie? Huh. Who knew? Can you get my favourite Liverpudlian ode, Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry & the Pacemakers on 78? Id like to hear that. Some Blind Scouse & a pint of Watneys Red Barrel to go with.