Carleton acquires local church for performance space

After back and forth negotiations, Carleton University is moving on its purchase of the Dominion-Chalmers United Church on Cooper Street.

The 37,000 square foot space was eventually approved to buy after considering the lack of proper performance spaces on Carleton’s main campus.

While primarily a space for music students to rehearse and perform concerts, there is also discussion around use by the drama and architecture departments.

The church’s congregation will also continue to use the building in a limited capacity, along with various festivals.
Along with growing its spaces for students, representatives for Carleton have also noted this move as part of an effort to increase their involvement with the larger Ottawa community.

Carleton plans to make several interior renovations to the church as needed, but plan to preserve the building’s exterior, especially considering its status as a heritage building.