Sparks Street runs east to west one block south of Parliament Hill, and is a pedestrian outdoor mall. Among its mix of architecture is the former main branch in the city for the Bank of Nova Scotia, dating to the 1920s. It is regularly part of the Doors Open circuit each June. For years, it has been an annex branch of the Library of Parliament. With the work going on at Centre Block, the central Library is not accessible to anyone, so this is for the next few years the main branch of several annex locations for the Library.
Having had once been a bank, the building includes a banker's office, which is warm and inviting.
The main space preserves the original features of the old bank, and adds in modern infrastructure that doesn't clash with the older elements. The modern touches are because this space is an archive. Usually Doors Open is the only opportunity the public will get to be in here, because it's used by members of Parliament and their staff. Since the last time I was in here, the central area on the floor has gone from having cubicles to more of a lounge setting- members of Parliament, being deprived of the main Parliamentary library for the next few years, can come down here, read newspapers or periodicals, and keep an eye on the news on television monitors nearby.
Along one side at the front of aisles are photographs and poems from the poet laureates of Parliament, a position that has been around for a number of years and varies between Francophones and Anglophones.
Very grand looking library. A good opportunity to visit when opened to the public.ReplyDelete
Uma bela biblioteca, aproveito para desejar uma boa semana.ReplyDelete
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros
I love a library ... I'm featuring some shots from our State Library this week.ReplyDelete
That looks a very fine building indeed. Banks always seem to find money enough to build themselves grand offices.ReplyDelete
Very European looking building !ReplyDelete
I would be willing to bet that few Canadians know that we still have a Poet Laureate, and I wonder who outside his/her family could name him/ her?ReplyDelete
This is a very beautiful library! I'll start in the autumn a new series with the most beautiful libraries in the Netherlands!ReplyDelete
Hello, what a nice looking library! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!ReplyDelete
I would love to see this!ReplyDelete
Those stacks are awesome...my mouth is open in awe! Seriously.ReplyDelete
A beautiful place, and I enjoyed learning more about it through your commentary and pictures. Thank you. :-)ReplyDelete
Nice and interesting!ReplyDelete
It looks like an interesting building. I love seeing those stacks of books.ReplyDelete
Excellent Use Of Lighting - Well DoneReplyDelete
I love old banks. Old post offices, too.ReplyDelete
Well . it's not the old library but it is stunning in it's own way.ReplyDelete
Doors Open is such a brilliant event.. just to be able to see spaces like this is fabulous!ReplyDelete
Wonderful and a nice tour though this old building. I like to see this kind of older buildings with new functions.ReplyDelete
@Francisco: thank you.
@John: these days most banks built are utilitarian.
@Gattina: very much so.
@David: that's true.
@Ella: I look forward to it.
@Eileen: thank you.
@Laurie: it's quite a space.
@Barbara: the contemporary and the older were well put together.
@DJan: you're welcome.
@Aritha: thank you.
@Sharon: so do I.
@Padre: I agree.
@Jennifer: me too.
@Red: that's true.
@Grace: I agree.
@Jan: so do I.
Impressive building and great photos!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful library! Nice photos, William.ReplyDelete
That is a great looking library!ReplyDelete
Such a great place to take in the setting!ReplyDelete
@Denise: thank you.ReplyDelete
@RedPat: it is.
@Marie: I agree.
I love a library with lots and lots of stacks.ReplyDelete
It's too bad this has such limited public use. It's gorgeous.ReplyDelete
The library is a beauty!ReplyDelete
love the architecture. so amazing. ( ;ReplyDelete
i gotta say though ... that it reminds me of how u see those jails on tv ... never been to jail ...but if you watch those crime shows ... i guess they have so many books ...they had to pack them in there?
Very cool library!ReplyDelete
It's always interesting to see how a building has been converted and I'm all for libraries! Very nice use of the space.ReplyDelete
Love recycled buildings ~ great photos ^_^ReplyDelete
Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
@Joanne: so do I.ReplyDelete
@Kay: it is, yes.
@Beth: I can see that.
@Jeanie: that's true.
@Carol: thank you.
This is a nice looking library … which reminds me I need to visit my local library next week!ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
This is a grand building.Delete
WOW. I love libraries! Amazing!ReplyDelete