A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament: A new book on the architecture and history of the Centre Block

Photo © William P. McElligott

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00

A Canadian architectural and cultural marvel, Canada’s Parliament Building, or Centre Block, has been the focal point of Canadian parliamentary democracy for much of the past century. As the Parliament Building, with its iconic gothic revival Peace Tower, approaches its 100th anniversary, it will be closed for a decade or more for much-needed renovations.

With spectacular photographs by William McElligott, this volume collectively paints a portrait of one of Canada’s greatest symbols from its origins into the present and on to the plans for its future.

The Parliament Building, which contains both the Senate and the House of Commons, is unveiled from various angles: the astonishing history, the visionary architects, the lofty aspirations, the democratic functions housed within, the urban features, the picturesque landscape, the powerful architecture, the engineering ingenuity, the decorations’ symbolic meanings, the harsher memories, the evolution echoing a growing nation, and the challenges, opportunities, and technological innovations for the most ambitious architectural renovation in Canada’s history – a revitalized Parliament Building fit for the 21st century and beyond.


William McElligott is an architectural photographer and author of this book. Lyette Fortin, content manager and editor of this book, is an instructor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University, an architectural consultant and was a conservation architect for the federal government and Parliament of Canada for over 30 years.

This presentation is free, but is offered to Heritage Ottawa members only.  Memberships will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance here on our website.

There is no need to pre-register for the event.

We invite you to join us for refreshments after the lecture.



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