Centre Block

The Centre Block (in French: Édifice du centre) is the main building of the Canadian parliamentary complex on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Ontario, containing the House of Commons and Senate chambers, as well as the offices of a number of members of parliament, senators, and senior administration for both legislative houses. It is also the location of several ceremonial spaces, such as the Hall of Honour, the Memorial Chamber, and Confederation Hall.

Built in the Gothic Revival style, the present Centre Block is the second iteration of the building, after the first was destroyed by fire in 1916; all that remains of the original building is the Library of Parliament, at the rear of the Centre Block. Though construction began immediately after the blaze, sculpting work on the interior continued through the 1970s. One of the most recognizable buildings in Canada, the Centre Block is depicted on the Canadian $10 bill (the Library of Parliament), $20 bill (the main entrance), and the $50 bill (the Peace Tower).

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West Block - History
... The departmental buildings, Centre Block, and a new residence for the Governor General were each awarded separately, and the team of Thomas Stent and Augustus Laver under the pseudonym of ... Construction on the West Block commenced by the end of 1859, at the same time as work on the Centre Block and Stent and Laver's East Block began ... country grew, more space was added to the West Block in 1878, the Mackenzie Wing and Tower, and in 1906, the Laurier Tower and link ...
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... See also Centre Block > History The Centre Block was destroyed by fire on 3 February 1916 ... from Montreal was hijacked by an armed man and driven onto the lawn in front of the Centre Block ... in September 1996 where an individual forcibly drove his car into the Centre Block doors and proceeded to jump out and attack RCMP officers who were standing guard, it was decided in the interests of national security ...
Centre Block - History - Continued Life
... On 18 May 1966, Paul Joseph Chartier killed himself as he left a Centre Block washroom by accidentally detonating the bomb he had been preparing to throw onto the floor of the House ... plant and new loading docks, called Centre Block Underground Services (CBUS), were constructed underground, seeing, in 1997, the removal of 25,000 m3 of rock from under and near the Centre Block ... the courtyards of the East and West Blocks for use as temporary legislative chambers while the Centre Block is out of commission ...

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