TWU president unfurls centennial flags in Ottawa celebrating the 100th anniversary of the J.R. Booth Mansion and Laurentian Leadership Centre.

The historic Booth Mansion will celebrate its 100th anniversary Wednesday May, 27th.

On May 27th Trinity Western University President Jonathan Raymond, will unfurl the 100th anniversary flags for the centennial celebration of the John R. Booth residence at the now Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) in Ottawa.

2009 marks the 100th anniversary of this spectacular Queen Anne Revival house, built for Booth, Ottawa's wealthiest lumber baron. Architect John W.H. Watts designed an asymmetric, three-storey red brick building with a square tower, shaped gables on the south and east facades, dormers, bay windows and a wealth of detail. The interior boasts carved woodwork, stenciled ceiling, tapestry wallpaper and original sterling silver light fixtures.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, British Columbia, purchased the house in 2001 and renovated it for its Laurentian Leadership Program. Upper year university students come for a visiting semester and complete a half-time, unpaid internship along with a half-time course load.

Says Raymond, "This is a rich moment in Trinity Western University's history and in the history of Ottawa. We are so very pleased that our students have the opportunity to study and learn in the heart of Ottawa and do so at this prestigious location. I'm honoured to be a part of this centennial celebration."

Along with Dr. Raymond, TWU's Dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts Dr. David Squires will also be in attendance to open an accompanying art exhibit at the LLC in honor of the centennial. Called Lingua franca (our common language) the juried exhibition of recent TWU student artwork will be on exhibition at the Laurentian Leadership Centre from May 27 to June 7.

Says Squires, "Visual artists speak through what is increasingly the world's lingua franca, our common language: the visual. In this juried exhibition of recent work from a group of TWU's senior visual arts students, we are asked to see the world through their eyes, to hear them speak through visual symbols both common and extraordinary, and through this exchange to come to new understandings of each other and our culture."

Viewers to the exhibition will see a wealth of differing styles and genres of art varying from pencils, paint, collage, digital and photographic media, site-specific work, and other media. The exhibit will be open to the public June 1, 3 and 5 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm, and June 6 and 7 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Event at a Glance

What: 100th Anniversary of the Historic John R. Booth residence & Student art exhibit.
Location: Laurentian Leadership Centre, 252 Metcalfe St., Ottawa
When: May 27th at 12:00pm
Contact: Elva Shi, Administrative Assistant at the Laurentian Leadership Centre,; 613-569-7511, ext. 5020.

Lingua franca Exhibit: June 1, 3 and 5 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm, and June 6 and 7 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2009-06-01
Author: Erin Mussolum