Centre Block, Parliament of Canada – Ottawa, Ontario

The Centre Block is the main building of the Canadian parliamentary precinct and houses both the Senate chambers and the House of Commons. The existing Centre Block is the second iteration of the structure which was destroyed by fire in 1916. Construction of the new parliament began in 1916 in the Gothic Revival style. Sculptural works still continue to this day in the interior. Several stones were purposefully left untouched, only to be carved as the story of Canada unfolds.

Carvings of the Senate and House of Commons emblems were meticulously carved in limestone. Both pieces have been installed and are now located in the Hall of Honour.


Project Details

Credit: John-Philippe Smith while at Public Works
Client: Public Works, Government of Canada
Date: 2011