Other Architectural Endeavours
Besides the canal itself, a number of other important buildings needed to be designed and strategically placed in order to ensure that the project could be carried out efficiently and with minimal disruption. The Commissariat and Ordnance buildings were built directly beside the proposed Bytown Locks site and served as the project headquarters, as well as convenient storehouses for food, hardware, and other provisions needed specifically for the Bytown Locks. The Commissariat is also where all the building contracts and paycheques were prepared, making it the business centre of the project. Soldier barracks and a hospital were constructed on what is now known as Parliament Hill, providing lodging accommodations for the military and medical care for the sick and injured. As leader of the canal project, Lt. Col. By had his own house built on the east side of the canal, which is known today as Major’s Hill Park.