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1859/01/01 to 1865/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Rising above the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River, the East Block is a very fine example of the of the High Victorian Gothic Revival style. Built of Nepean sandstone and crowned by copper roofing, its asymmetrical massing, towered silhouette, highly textured and coloured stone surfaces, and gothic ornamentation all contribute to the East Block’s picturesque appearance. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The East Block was designated Classified because of its historical associations, architectural quality, and environmental impact.
As office accommodation to prime ministers, governors-general, senior ministers, and the Privy Council, the Parliament Hill - East Block is directly associated with the shaping of Canada's history. Aesthetically, it is the finest example of Ruskinian Gothic Revival in the country. In addition to being a national landmark in its own right, the East Block plays a critical role in establishing the overall character of the Parliament Hill complex, as well as contributing strongly to the character of the Confederation Square area to the south, and the Major's Hill Park area to the east.
Leslie Maitland, Parliament Hill Complex, Ottawa, Ontario, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 86-052; Parliament Hill - East Block, Ottawa, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement, 86-052.
Key elements that embody the heritage character of the East Block include:
-its full display of the picturesque massing, structural ornament, and careful manipulation of texture and colour for surface effect valued by the High Victorian designer;
-the inclusion of coloured stone, and the variation between dressed stone surrounds and rock-faced walls;
-the 1910 wing, which is a modest, entirely sympathetic addition;
-the interior of the building, originally a straightforward arrangement of closed offices along a central corridor, an arrangement which has been preserved in the recent renovations.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Classified Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Legislative Building
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection
Parliament Hill, Complex
The Parliament Hill Complex in Ottawa is composed of four Gothic Revival pavilions that together make up the Parliament Buildings. Surrounding an expansive lawn and overlooking…