In late January, I photographed the government Conference Centre from Plaza Bridge while running errands. The one time main train station, it dates to 1912 and is in the Doric Roman Revival style. It has been used for conferences for decades by the federal government, so Canadians have seen the interior of this building on the news from time to time, even if they didn't know it. I have been inside before, when the building was open for Doors Open, so I know what it looks like inside. In recent years, however, the building has been completely closed off, under rehabilitation work in order to house the Senate here for some years beginning later this year, while Centre Block gets its work done.
Much of the work is done, aside from some final details outside and inside. Had you come here a year or two ago, you would have seen this building mostly surrounded by scaffolding. That started to come down last year. There is still a perimeter fence around the whole building, however.
This view is on the east side of the building. The sidewalk comes here to two different paths- a ramp and a staircase- which go into a pedestrian underpass to head over to the Rideau Centre.
The staircase is this one- and it's been only recently reopened, having had been completely rebuilt as part of the work going on at this site. Equipment and supplies are still on the other side of the fence, as some work is still being done on the exterior wall here, though on this particular morning, a Saturday, there weren't any work crews in sight yet.
The pedestrian underpass often features large scale photography mounted on one wall, and at present, the theme of that involves Canada Day. Over the years, a photographer has managed to get a multitude of people to agree to come downtown, usually early in the mornings on that date, dressed in red and white, and create a crowd-sourced maple leaf flag that they can photograph from above. Several examples of this from recent years are displayed on the wall. This is one of them.