Track 3: DELIVERY – INTERVENING INTO HISTORIC PLACES / Volet 3 : Réalisation – Intervenir dans les lieux historiques

Planning to Conserve and Retain Commemorative Monuments on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, for the Duration of a Decade-long Rehabilitation Project.

Friday, October 13
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Over the past 130 years, Parliament Hill has become home to a large and varied collection of outdoor monuments related to Parliamentarians and the Government of Canada, and increasingly to events and themes of national significance. These monuments, which are very popular with visitors to Parliament Hill, range from very large monuments such as that for Queen Victoria, or Queen Elizabeth II on horseback, to traditional monuments comprising large bronze statues of Parliamentarians and Fathers of Confederation on tall granite plinths. Equally, one will encounter more contemporary monuments of a small bronze statue on a simple plinth, or the Famous Five Monument comprising a grouping of five bronze statues and bronze furniture on a large square granite paved base with related retaining walls. Together, these monuments create a commemorative cultural landscape which has become increasingly valued by visitors to Parliament Hill.
As part of planning for the comprehensive rehabilitation of Parliament Hill, including the Parliamentary Buildings and grounds, many of the monuments need to be protected in-situ or removed from their current sites for a decade or more to facilitate the planned works. Initially, it was envisaged to place the monuments in off-site secure storage and to re-erect them at their original locations once the work was completed. The Canadian Conservation Institute was requested to assist to undertake the Parliament Hill custodian, Parliament Precinct Branch, in this task.
However, it was raised by CCI that an alternate planning strategy could be explored to relocate the monuments at alternate accessible and respectful locations on Parliament Hill for an interim period of up to ten or more years till the work was completed.
This paper will briefly describe the monuments on Parliament Hill and the discussion relating to keeping these monuments on public display on Parliament Hill rather than placing them in storage. The paper will also explain the prime consideration for interim site relocations, and the moving approach followed to minimise risk to the monuments during the actual dismantling, moving, staging and reassembly processes. Finally, as a result of this work, there will be a brief outline of the considerations involved in returning the monuments to their original sites as part of the final landscape design.

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John P. Ward

Preservation Development Advisor
Canadian Conservation Institute

Trained as an architect in the UK and with a Masters in Conservation of the Built Environment from the Université de Montréal, John Ward has worked in the field of built heritage in Ottawa since 1996, working firstly with the Heritage Conservation Services – Public Services and Procurement Canada, and since 2010 has worked as a Preservation Development Advisor with the Canadian Conservation Institute – Department of Canadian Heritage.

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