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 closes to the public for major renovations at the end of January, 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.
This first photograph shows perhaps one of my favorite views of the Queen Victoria statue as it depicts the intricate details of her hairdo and crown. The marble sculpture, situated at the centre of the Reading Room, was carved by British sculptor Marshall Wood.
More views of the statue:
A more traditional view of the 3.45 metres tall Queen Victoria statue which was purchased by the Library of Parliament Committee in 1871: