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Have your say on #100Wellington

By Hannah Manning on August 22, 2016

On Thursday August 18, the public had their first chance to stroll through 100 Wellington, a gorgeous heritage building and former home of the United States Embassy. This was the first step in a public consultation of the future of the building.

Later Thursday evening, the public met with Minister of Public Services and Procurement Judy Foote to hear six proposals for the future use of the building. In addition to welcoming additional ideas via an online survey, the proposals include:

  • Canada House: a space to showcase Canada’s diversity and achievements, from coast to coast to coast;
  • Capital Information Centre: a centre providing information on complementary services from federal, municipal and tourism organizations for visitors;
  • Gallery: for artwork of national significance;
  • Indigenous Cultural Centre: showcasing the culture, achievements and the prominent role of Indigenous people in the history and future of Canada;
  • Parliament Interpretative Centre: an interpretative space for Parliament (which is located just across the street); and,
  • Museum: to exhibit national artifacts of historical and cultural interest.

Due to popular demand, the building will be open to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30-10:00am. If you have the chance, it is definitely worth stopping by.

Built between 1931-1932 to house the United States Embassy, 100 Wellington was designated as a Classified Federal Heritage Building in 1985. The building has been vacant since 1998 and this public consultation provides the public with an excellent opportunity to visit one of the many gorgeous buildings located on Wellington Street, most of which are closed to the public.

Ambassador's view

Located across the street from Centre Block, this building has amazing views of Canada’s Parliament. Wide windows on the second floor, in what used to be the ambassador’s office, offer sweeping views across to Centre Block. Knotty pine walls and a beautiful fireplace round out the ambassador’s office’s décor. Marble walls, the original 1930s elevator and mahogany paneling add character throughout the building’s interior. Outside, limestone detail demonstrate the building’s Beaux-Art style design.

While part of the interior has been disassembled in order to conduct structural analysis, the guide Thursday explained that everything is being carefully catalogued and saved. Even with walls torn open, the beauty of the space shines through.

Between now and September 9, Canadians across the country have the chance to offer their opinion of the future of 100 Wellington by completing an online survey or tweeting using the hashtag #100Wellington. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to view this building (either in person or with the online video) and have your say.