How a Canadian funeral building became a commercial building

The funeral building that houses the graves of former Ottawa Senators player Lucian Bute and his wife Jillian has been converted into a commercial development.(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)The building, a former home of the Ottawa Senators, will be turned into a mixed-use development with a retail store, restaurant, gym, hotel and office space.The development will feature…

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The funeral building that houses the graves of former Ottawa Senators player Lucian Bute and his wife Jillian has been converted into a commercial development.

(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)The building, a former home of the Ottawa Senators, will be turned into a mixed-use development with a retail store, restaurant, gym, hotel and office space.

The development will feature commercial space, a public art gallery, a performance space and a new public address system.

The building was built in the 1920s, with Bute, Jillian and their two children, Jill and James, all of whom died.

It was a private home in a quiet corner of the neighbourhood of Dixfield that became the site of Bute’s funeral in 1926, when the Senators lost in the first round of the NHL playoffs to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The building was eventually turned into an industrial complex and is now a warehouse for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

The Ottawa Senators acquired the land in 2014.