Before Remembrance Day, I was on Parliament Hill a couple of times to take in the light show of falling tulips against Centre Block. Leaving the Hill, I thought of taking nighttime images of two nearby buildings, and then daytime images of each.
This first one is one you've probably noticed in the background of shots, directly across the street from Centre Block. It is owned by the government, and once housed the American embassy. It is in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, dating back to the 1930s. It has stood empty for years since the Americans moved into their current embassy site. For a time it was to be the home of a national portrait gallery, but one of the very first acts of the Harper regime (not at all missed, incidentally) was to kill the concept. A new government is working on new uses for the building, which deserves some worthy use.
The second one is down the street, with an entrance down along Sparks Street, and I've shown it to you before. The Sir John A. Macdonald Building is named for our first Prime Minister. It dates back to the 1930s, when it was built to house the main branch here in the city of the Bank of Montreal. Also in the Beaux-Arts style, it has been fully restored and is now used as a reception space for Parliamentary occasions. I missed getting in here this year for Doors Open, a mistake I'll not make again.