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A Real Companion and Friend:
The diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King

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Behind the Diary

Mackenzie King Slept Here: The Residences of Mackenzie King

Roxborough Apartments

The Roxborough Apartments, Ottawa, 1910


The Roxborough Apartments, Ottawa, 1910

Mackenzie King lived at the Roxborough Apartments from 1911 until 1923.

The Roxborough Apartments in Ottawa opened in 1910 and were considered prestigious, offering a view of the Rideau Canal. Mackenzie King lived there from shortly after they opened, until 1923. His mother stayed with him at the Roxborough during most of the last year of her life and it was there that she died.

When King left the Roxborough to move to Laurier House, he was quite nostalgic. He wrote: "Today I spent my last Sunday in the rooms at the Roxborough which I have occupied for some 12-13 years - rooms filled with very sacred and memorable associations." (Diary, January 7, 1923) Three days later he wrote: "I am spending my last night in the rooms at the Roxborough.... Their associations are very sacred and I feel as if I were parting with something akin to a very dear friend. I love this quiet and comfortable atmosphere, the notes of beauty and refinement are all a part of what is most dear to me." (Diary, January 10, 1923)