The Rideau Street Chapel
was part of the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Rideau Street
. It was demolished in May of 1972, but its interior was salvaged, due to a public appeal to preserve the architectural beauty it displays. This interior is now on permanent display at the National Gallery of Canada
in Ottawa. Its careful preservation gives visitors the impression that they are actually entering the Chapel as it was before it was demolished. Its stained-glass
windows are illuminated with artificial lighting, giving the illusion of outside sunlight, even though the Chapel is actually located in the middle of the Gallery, without any direct access to outdoor light.
The Rideau Street Chapel often showcases Janet Cardiff
's exhibit Forty-Part Motet
(2001), which features the melody "Spem in alium
" by Thomas Tallis
. Each of the forty speakers set around the Chapel plays the sound of a single voice of the forty-part choir
, allowing for a highly-enhanced appreciation of the musical piece.
In 2004, a Carleton University research centre, Carleton Immersive Media Studio
undertook the project of digitizing the exterior and interior of the Rideau Chapel. Supported by a Canadian Heritage
New Media Research Network Fund grant, the digitization process began with the documentation gathered before the demolition of the Convent. Architectural drawings
were used as the base asset for the modeling process and were cross-referenced with... Read More