Senate of Canada Building photo gallery
Discover photos of the project to restore and modernize the Senate of Canada Building, formerly known as the Government Conference Centre.
Interim Senate Chamber
Before it was the Government Conference Centre, the building was Union Station, Ottawa's main train station. The interim Senate Chamber was built in what used to be the train station concourse. When Union Station was closed in 1966, it was turned into the conference centre. Renovations carried out in the 1960s and 1970s split the concourse into separate rooms, such as the kitchenette pictured in the photo on the far left. In its recent project, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) opened up the space to give visitors a full appreciation of this opulent room. We restored the heritage coffered plaster ceiling and created the space for the Chamber.
General Waiting Room
PSPC restored and modernized the former train station's general waiting room to house two committee rooms. As part of the project, we removed modifications made in the 1960s and 70s, such as translation booths that covered the heritage stairway. We restored the vaulted plaster ceiling, the columns, the heritage windows and the marble floors. The previous renovations had a raised floor, which covered the bottom two stairs of the main staircase. The raised floor was carpeted, as you can see in the first photo. During the project, we removed the raised floor and discovered heritage marble floors under it. We protected the marble floors with plywood during construction and they can now be seen, restored to their original beauty.
PSPC designed and built two committee rooms in the former train station's general waiting room. The rooms are designed so that they are independent of the existing heritage building structure. That means, in the future, if the rooms are no longer needed, they can be removed with minimal harm to the heritage features of the building.
Exterior view of east addition
When the train station was built in 1912, a hotel was attached to it on the east side. However, the neighbouring structure was demolished in the 1960s, leaving a bare exterior wall. As part of the rehabilitation project, PSPC added a new addition to that part of the building. The facade of the addition complements the Beaux-Arts style of the rest of the building. The addition includes stairs and an elevator, which together improve flow and make the building more accessible.
Third floor meeting room
PSPC carried out extensive structural work on the main entrance block for it to meet modern seismic and building codes. This meeting room, located in that part of the building, boasts heritage windows, which we protected and refinished before completing the room.
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