Have you ever visited your government buildings?
Well, I hadn’t and my interest became piqued by a recent news story about some murals that had been uncovered on the ceiling of our provincial legislature.
That triggered a last minute decision to tour Queen’s Park * – the home of our provincial government.
The Art Nouveau murals date back to 1893, but were covered up several years later in a layer of horse hair, canvas, and white paint in an attempt to improve the acoustics in the Legislative Chamber.
The murals were uncovered this summer when maintenance crews were inspecting the ceiling after concerns that sections of the primitive acoustic covering were starting to sag and might eventually fall on the chamber floor below.
Although the existence of the murals was known, the greater surprise was how well-preserved they were.
From the news articles I read about the murals, I was under the impression that the entire 4 part ceiling mural had been restored. In fact, only one portion was uncovered. It is expected that the recovery of the remaining portions will take years to complete.
Because this is Thursday, I also have to toss in a couple of doors and I wasn’t disappointed by the beauty of the entrance into the Legislative Chamber …
One of the building’s front doors (on the right side) …
Side entrance into Queen’s Park …
Oh, you wanted to see the front of the building too? Ok, here is the centre block …
* the land surrounding the provincial government building is called Queen’s Park, but the name Queen’s Park has also come to be used for the building, as well as the government itself eg – “Queen’s Park has passed a law that ….”
If you are ever in Toronto looking for something interesting to do, free tours of Queen’s Park are available all year round.
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