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Langevin Block

62 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/01/29

General view of Langevin Block, showing its well-designed and richly detailed exterior, executed in the Second Empire style, with traces of the Romanesque influence, 1987.; (Ian Doull, AHB, Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1987.)
Corner view
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Other Name(s)

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Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1883/01/01 to 1889/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/12/02

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Prominently situated opposite Parliament Hill, the Langevin Block is one of the finest federal examples of a Second Empire office building. A robust, three-and-a-half stories high, its limestone pavilion massing, rows of round arched windows and copper mansard roof are complimented by a rich decorative vocabulary. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Langevin Block has been designated a Classified Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations with the growth of the new federal government in the first decades following Confederation, and because of its impressive architectural design and craftsmanship. The building marked an important first phase in the expansion of the government precinct beyond the boundaries of Parliament Hill, and continues to be a major element in establishing the institutional and ceremonial character of its urban environment.

Sources: Ian Doull, Langevin Block, Ottawa, Ontario, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 87-040; Langevin Block, Ottawa, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement, 87-040.

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of this property should be respected.
-its well-designed and richly detailed exterior, executed in the Second Empire style, with traces of the Romanesque influence;
-the highly articulated, symmetrical façades;
-the characteristic mansard roofs, which were used to emphasize the three-dimensional quality of the silhouette;
-the central entrance pavilion and two end pavilions, with recessed façades between;
-the end façades, which continue the vocabulary of the front elevation, but are asymmetrical, due in part to the irregularities of the site;
-the layout, finishes and decorative treatments of its interior;
-the richness and general symmetry of the north elevation, which is notable particularly for its entrance lobby, staircase, and corridors;
-the prominence of its siting.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Classified Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1988/01/29

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Government
Office or office building

Architect / Designer

Thomas Fuller

Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2992

Status

Published

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Langevin Block National Historic Site of Canada

Langevin Block National Historic Site of Canada, stands within Confederation Square National Historic Site of Canada, located on Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa, Ontario.…

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