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The House of Commons - Heritage Collection

Welcome to the Heritage Collection

The Honourable Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1853. This portrait is the oldest object in the House of Commoms Heritage Collection.

The Honourable Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1853. This portrait is the oldest object in the House of Commons Heritage Collection.

The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa are one of Canada's most important icons. Their distinctive Gothic Revival architecture, as well as their remarkable physical setting on Parliament Hill, make them instantly recognizable to most Canadians.

The focal point of Parliament Hill is the Centre Block and its Peace Tower. The building is home to the House of Commons and Senate, and is directly linked to the Library of Parliament. Although its exterior architecture has been profiled many times over the years, its interiors and their exceptional furnishings remain less known.

The House of Commons Heritage Collection features objects ranging from sculpture and furniture to official portraits and historical paintings. Most of the objects in this collection have been given heritage designation for their association with a historical event or person, for their aesthetic value, or for their importance as part of the history and traditions of Parliament. The purpose of the Collection is to document and preserve the history of the House of Commons through these objects.

This website has been designed to provide information on some of the over 5,000 artefacts in the House of Commons Heritage Collection. It also includes detailed profiles of the primary heritage and ceremonial spaces used by the House of Commons within the Centre Block. It provides information on architectural elements, such as the stained glass windows, murals, frescoes, and architectural sculpture that are under the care of the Public Works and Government Services Canada. These elements are integral to the interior design of the House of Commons, and enhance the themes and messages of each of these important national spaces.

For further information on other aspects of the House of Commons and Parliament Hill, please click on the links.
 
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Last Update: February 2014