Mural of the restaurant El Meson
94 Beechwood Avenue. Artist: John Ellenberger (2003)
This mural is a tribute to the last members of Vanier’s town council before its amalgamation with the city of Ottawa in 2001.
Many important people in Vanier’s history are illustrated, such as Gisèle Lalonde, Vanier’s former mayor who joined the fight to defend Montfort Hospital. Also present are Guy Cousineau, Vanier’s last mayor, councillors Diane Doré, Sylvain Boyer, Robert Crête and Yvon R. Dubé. Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Culture and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, is also illustrated on the mural. When Vanier became part of Ottawa in 2001, she was Vanier’s representative within the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carlton.
Finally, the artist’s niece is shown twice on the balcony, once as a blonde and once as a brunette. The artist herself is also in the mural, wearing red and standing next to Mrs. Meilleur.
The restaurant El Meson…
Built in the 1890s, this attractive, stately heritage structure houses a high-end restaurant that offers fine dining and Portuguese and Spanish specialties. This red brick house is a perfect example of the neo Queen Anne style (1880-1910), and it is lavishly decorated with rich woodwork and faux turrets, surrounded by large porches and wooden verandas. The white metal roof distinguishes the house from other buildings and matches Saint-Charles Church’s bell tower, which is made of the same material. The house has been classified as heritage property by the city of Ottawa.