You might remember back during my tour of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill that I took you into the Library of Parliament. The posts can be found here and here. Below we have another building on the Doors Open list, a former bank that is now used as one of the satellite archives for the Library, located on Sparks Street a block south of the Hill. The building was designed in a Beaux-Arts style in the early twentieth century, and the government took it on after the bank had moved into more modern quarters across the street.
Access to the public is restricted only to Doors Open weekends. Stepping into this antechamber just inside, the place still feels like the old bank.
In what was once the main area of the bank, there's an interesting contrast between the old space and what's in there now. Modern desks, work stations, and platforms to access the storage of archived materials are a contrast to the architecture. And yet the modern infrastructure has been built in such a way that it doesn't actually impact on the facade of the original structure. If the government ever decides to move the archives placed here into another location, everything can be removed without a mark on the floors and walls.
I will be returning to Doors Open soon to finish up a few remaining posts, but with tomorrow being the CDP Theme Day, I'll be doing that plus a few other things for some days.