Mike Steinhauer

About this set of photographs

Over the past few years, I was fortunate to roam the halls of Centre Block and to gain access to areas that are generally off limits. I have photographed the Library of Parliament extensively and, along with the Memorial Chamber and the heritage rooms in East Block, was able to document many of Parliament’s architectural details and hidden corners. As Centre Block closed to the public for major renovations at the end of January of 2019, I wanted to post some of my favorite photos of Parliament Hill. Sprinkled within this selection of photographs are some of the visuals I came across (and collected) as part of my research for a master's thesis on the visual representations of Ottawa’s famed buildings.


I begin this series with an image taken high above the Reading Room: a  small utility door (to change the lightbulbs) opens up to the drum of the lantern; the view presents the most spectacular angle of the inner dome of the Library of Parliament.  


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