Transcript of video: The Development of Upper Town

Video of a map of Upper Town, dated April 25, 1845, a painting looking from Barrack Hill southwest to Wellington Street, and a rendered 3D model of the area.  The video begins by showing the map of Bytown in its entirety, in black ink with buildings marked in shaded grey. The view then zooms in and focuses on Upper Town, showing Wellington Street, property lot numbers, and building footprints. The view then fades to an aerial perspective of a rendered 3D model of the same area, looking north. While sweeping in a clockwise rotation around Upper Town, the view shows numerous buildings, built of stone and wood, on a bluff overlooking the Ottawa River. The view then swings around to face west, fading to a watercolour of the same perspective. Part of Barrack Hill is visible, on a summer’s day, with Bytown stretching out in the background. Lumber rafts can be seen floating in the Ottawa River, and the suspension cables of Union bridge can be seen spanning Chaudière Falls. The view then fades back to the rendered 3D model, which swings counter-clockwise around Upper Town again, this time to face north down Wellington Street. The view moves up the streetscape, just above the level of wood and slate rooftops, and stops just as Barrack Hill and the hospital come into view on the left. The view then fades to a watercolour painting, revealing a row of two- and three-storey wood clad buildings along Wellington Street. Sidewalks made of boards are visible, as is a hotel sign to the bottom right, and a stagecoach with horse. The view then zooms in, focusing on the row of building immediately adjacent to Barrack Hill. A woman can be seen walking along Wellington Street, while the hospital is visible in the background. The view then fades to black. Video is 59 seconds in duration.

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