Opened in 1967, the building was a testament to Canada's modernity. However, with a life expectancy of only 40 years, the Sir John Carling Building joins the ranks of brutalist buildings, such as the old Ottawa Convention Centre, whose time seems to have come to an end all to soon. While I never worked for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, as a historical researcher for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency most of my memories of the building are of the labyrinthine basement library with its seemingly endless caverns of sliding stacks.
First, from the day before looking south past the Dominion Observatory building towards the Sir John Carling Building:
Next, also from the day before, looking up the hill from Queen Juliana Park to the SJCB:
The demolition from Maple Road. Unfortunately I couldn't get to the spots I had scouted out the day before so my view was obstructed by trees:
And the aftermath from behind the Dominion Observatory, note that the haze isn't fog (though it was raining a little) but rather dirt from the demolition:
And, finally (for now), the empty crest at Queen Juliana Park: