Preston Street, also known as Corso Italia, is home to a rich Italian culture and hosts many restaurants, cafes, and businesses. Some of the area’s most recognizable landmarks are the artistic signs and installations that represent the vibrant community. Our Preston Square development enjoys a home in the heart of this neighbourhood, walking distance from some notable landmarks and art installations.
1) The Corso Italia Portal Archway was installed in Spring 2002. Located immediately north of Dow’s Lake (at Preston Street and Carling Avenue), the granite and steel structure now features a sign that marks the entrance to the thriving Little Italy area and lights up in the colours of the Italian flag at night.
2) A matching Little Italy sign hangs at the Queensway overpass (Preston and Young streets). Underneath, a series of murals recognizes the contributions of the neighbourhood businesses and services that support the Italian-Canadian community, and features scenes of daily life, food, festivals, celebrations, and recreation.
3) The new artistic installation Bambini was unveiled in September 2013 at Preston and Gladstone Streets. This artistic entryway feature represents a soccer team from the perspective of a child and is located in front of St. Anthony’s Soccer Club’s home field.
4) Postcards from the Piazzas, by cj fleury, is a series of fifteen sculptures placed at intervals on Preston Street, inspired by the area’s cultural heritage and capturing the spirit of Ottawa’s Italian community. Installed in 2010, the bronze, stainless steel, and granite structures symbolize important themes and elements of Italian culture, architecture, and community.
As Preston Street continues to be revitalized, these artistic projects help preserve a sense of pride and cultural heritage in the community, and add both a modern and nostalgic feel to Little Italy’s lively atmosphere.