The NCC is seeking partners to animate the Strutt House, as part of its Capital Culture Lives Here initiative. This property is located at 1220 Chemin de la Montagne in Gatineau.

Our vision for this property: transforming it into an “in-residence” space for artists, scientists or others who can contribute to the experience of Gatineau Park and the capital.

About the project

In July 2022, the NCC launched a request for expressions of interest (REI) for the Strutt House.

The Capital Culture Lives Here project has four key objectives for this site:

  1. To forge a mutually beneficial partnership between the NCC and creative organizations to animate the Strutt House as part of a cultural residency program.
  2. To breathe new life into the house and site through a viable, sustainable new use and a multi-year lease;
  3. To showcase the unique history and heritage value of the Strutt House.
  4. To support artistic development, academic research, and/or nature conservation as part of the Capital experience, in support of the NCC’s mandate.


Proposals must include:

  • a concept that champions creativity in the National Capital Region
  • community outreach
  • demonstrated experience in managing a residency or similar program
  • bilingual client services and public communications
  • cultural programming

Proponents can also propose a partnership for the neighbouring property, located at 1224 Chemin de la Montagne. A separate REI is under way for this property. The NCC will prioritize proposals that include both properties.

Key features of the site

The Strutt House is an iconic mid-century modern house, once the residence of well-known Canadian architect James Strutt. It is designated as a “recognized” federal heritage building. Built in 1956, the Strutt House is designed to sit in harmony with nature. It is located on the Eardley Escarpment, home to the richest and most fragile ecosystem in Gatineau Park.

The NCC will work on rehabilitating the Strutt House. It will be ready for occupancy in 2024.

Floor Area: 156 m2 (1620 square feet)
Floor Levels: 1.5

Process and timeline

2022

  • The NCC held a workshop in March 2022 on the vocation of the Strutt House.
  • The NCC launched the REI in July 2022.
  • Proponents may submit questions about the REI until October 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm (EDT).
  • Proponents may submit proposals by October 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm (EDT).