Werner Ernst Noffke was a Canadian Architect of German Descent. In 1884 his parents relocated the family to Canada including the 5 year old Noffke. He apprenticed with Adam Harvey and studied at the Fine Arts Association of Ottawa. Later he partnered with George W. Northwood. Mr Northwood worked principally in the West while Noffke worked principally in Ottawa. Approx 200 buildings were constructed, at least 60 remain. Ottawa Heritage produced a booklet called Werner Ernst Noffke: Ottawa’s Architect – it is with that book in hand that I went exploring.
Noffke is known mostly for his grand houses, these are eclectic in style with a Mediterranean influence, or various other architectural styles popular at the beginning of the 20th century.
Noffke also designed 3 larger quite celebrated building. The post office at the corner of Elgin and Sparks, the Medical Arts building on Metcalfe, and the Ogilvie store at the corner of Rideau and Nicholas.
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