Heritage interiors

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) is a centre of conservation and scientific expertise. CCI provides services for the preservation of heritage collections which is integral to historic architecture – collectively defined as "heritage interiors."

CCI provides expert services to custodians of publicly accessible Canadian heritage interiors, except those already preserved under existing federal acts, policies or programs that address designation, heritage character, building repair or federal heritage real property inventories.

CCI also has a mandate to investigate the nature of heritage materials and the processes of deterioration of heritage collections. This involves investigation and research into:

  • the nature and identity of heritage materials;
  • the technology and mechanisms of deterioration of heritage materials; and
  • the causes of instability in building structures that have an impact on heritage art, artifacts and finishes.

Preserving Canada’s Parliament buildings

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) is currently part of a team working on the preservation of key heritage character-defining elements and heritage collections of Canada's Parliament buildings and their heritage interiors. The Canada's Parliamentary Precinct Branch of Public Works and Government Services Canada is leading the team's work.

Learn more about the history of Parliament Hill, and follow the rehabilitation of the parliamentary buildings to see the work that is being done to preserve these historic sites.

CCI's current work on the Parliament buildings, including the West Block, the adjacent Wellington Building, and the former Bank of Montreal Building, includes:

  • investigations, surveys, and technical analyses of original materials in primary heritage interior spaces;
  • risk assessment, packing and transport as well as project management during major capital construction; and
  • conservation treatment investigation of significant collections that focus on the dozens of special heritage rooms that will be conserved and restored in 2018 during the rehabilitation of Centre Block.

The first step in this series of cascading major capital projects is the rehabilitation of West Block and the rehabilitation of East Block.

House of Commons heritage collections

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) was recently involved with the cleaning and packing of "Regency tent-style" chandeliers, dating from 1840, which hung in the Confederation Room of the West Block. The history of these stunning fixtures is revealed in "A Tale of Six Chandeliers."

Explore other collection profiles found in the precinct of Parliament like the Wellington Building mosaic, which CCI is also helping to preserve.

For additional information or advice on the conservation of heritage interiors, contact the Canadian Conservation Institute.

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