Edward Drake BuildingEdit profile
The Edward Drake Building represents one of the best examples of modernist architecture in Canada's National Capital Region. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the building was designed by D.G. McKinstry and constructed between 1961 and 1964. It originally served as the headquarters of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, although significant CBC budget cutbacks in the 1990s led to the relocation of the head office staff (now housed in the CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre) in 1997. The building is now occupied by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada's national cryptologic agency, and was renamed in honour of the first Director of CSE’s predecessor organisation, the Communications Branch of the National Research Council. The building occupies a large site bordered by Riverside Drive, Heron Road and Bronson Avenue. For more than four decades, it has been a landmark in south Ottawa as it is set apart from any other buildings, and it was particularly known for the large CBC/Radio Canada logo on one wing of the building (since removed). It has been designated as a "classified federal heritage building", which means that it is a federal government building that has been assigned the highest level of heritage protection.