The original Tin House was designed and built by Ottawa tinsmith Honoré Foisy in the early 1900sand stood at 136 Guigues Street in Lower Town. Constructed from prefabricated aluminum elements in a Queen Anne Revival-style, the facade was likely intended to showcase Foisy’s skills and the products he offered.
When it was to be demolished in 1961, the National Capital Commission saved the notable facade. Ten years later, Canadian sculptor and artist Arthur ‘Art’ Price restored the facade using both original and newly fabricated materials. It was installed in its present location, the so-named Tin House Court, in 1973.
Tin House Courtyard is one of four courtyards along Sussex under the custodianship of the National Capital Commission. Pauta Saila was a prolific Inuit artist known for his dancing polar bear sculptures evoking the dance of Inuit Shamans. The Dancing Bear sculpture was installed in at Jeanne d’Arc Court in 1999 and was the first public art piece in Ottawa created by an Inuit artist.