Parliament Hill, Library
Library of Parliament
Bibliothèque du Parlement
Links and documents
1859/01/01 to 1876/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Inspired by the medieval chapter house, the Parliament Hill –Library is an octagonal stone building attached to the Centre Block. Designed in a highly romantic, Gothic Revival style, it is distinguished by richly coloured stonework, steep copper roof capped by iron cresting, radiating buttresses and by large pointed-arched windows that bring light into its spectacular reading room. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Parliament Hill -Librarywas designated Classified because it is a national symbol of outstanding architectural and artistic merit which continues to serve its historical function in support of the operation of the Parliament of Canada.
The Parliament Hill -Library building is the best extent example of the work of Thomas Fuller, a distinguished Canadian architect. It plays a feature role in establishing the overall character of the Parliament Hill complex. In the library’s role as an archival depository, it harbours a collection that began as an initiative of Lord Simcoe, following his appointment as first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada in 1791. It presently contains a rare and specialized collection of more than 600,000 volumes dealing primarily with parliamentary procedure, economies, finance, and constitutional law.
Jacqueline Adell, Parliament Hill Complex, Ottawa, Ontario, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 86-052;Parliament Hill Complex, Ottawa, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement, 86-052.
Key elements that embody the heritage character of the Parliament Hill –Library include
-all of the exterior chapter house form of the Library;
-the form, surfaces and fitments of its domed reading room with radiating stacks;
-the quality of natural light in the reading room;
-its historical function in support of the operation of the Parliament of Canada.
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
Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate Documentation Centre 3rd Floor, room 366 30 Victoria Street Gatineau, Québec J8X 0B3
Cross-Reference to Collection