Country in the City
Not far from Tunney's Pasture, that government area I mentioned a while back, is a neighbourhood where, in places, time has stood still. The history of the area (although not specifically this ancient building) goes something like this:
Mr. Anthony Tunney had emigrated to Canada from Ireland in 1867, married and built a house at 201 Parkdale Avenue (now a skyscraper called Soho Parkway). The Ottawa Lumber Merchants Association had hired Mr. Tunney to be caretaker of their nearby land and kindly allowed him to graze his cattle in the fields. I'm not sure why he did this, but Tunney paid the taxes on the land out of his own pocket, but unfortunately wasn't quick to think to claim the land for himself, as he rightfully could have done. When he passed away, the Association sold the land to the government and sadly, all that remains is the name.