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. Although an entire generation will miss the opportunity to see this building's wonders, A Portrait of Canada's Parliament provides a permanent written and illustrated record of it at this watershed moment. With spectacular photographs by William McElligott and inspiring thematic articles by established professional subject specialists, 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 twenty-first century and beyond. This portrait provides, for the first time, an intimate analysis of the character and spirit of Canada's Parliament, and how the building's design, contents, and setting have performed their role so successfully for successive generations of Canadians. Contributors include Robert Allsopp (urban planner), Lyse Blanchet (conservation engineer), Adrienne Clarkson (26th Governor General of Canada, 1999–2005), Linda Dicaire (landscape architect), Mariana Esponda (Carleton University), Stephen Fai (Carleton University), Lyne Fontaine (conservation engineer), Lyette Fortin (Carleton University), Jacqueline Hucker (architectural historian), Fern Mackenzie (architectural historian), Johanna Mizgala (curator), David Monaghan (curator), Audrey O’Brien (clerk emerita, House of Commons), Jill Stoner (Carleton University), and Allan Teramura (architect).
William P. McElligott is an architectural photographer, a visual consultant, and the author of Ottawa Canada and Ottawa II Canada.