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March 24, 2005 13:26 ET

Portrait Gallery of Canada Unveils Concept Designs for New Home


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MARCH 24, 2005 - 13:26 ET

Portrait Gallery of Canada Unveils Concept Designs for
New Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2005) - The concept designs
for the new Portrait Gallery of Canada were unveiled today by the
Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister
Responsible for Status of Women, and the Honourable Scott Brison,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services.

Upon completion of the building project in 2007, the Portrait Gallery of
Canada will join a prestigious network of federal and cultural agencies
along Confederation Boulevard. Representatives from the two departments
and Library and Archives Canada, as well as the architects and
exhibition designers, were on hand to celebrate this major step toward
opening a permanent new space for the Portrait Gallery.

"The Portrait Gallery will be a modern institution that focuses on our
history and on those who have made Canada the prosperous and diversified
country it is today," said Minister Frulla. " At the Gallery, people of
all ages will be able to discover the character of a country filled with
talent, creativity and innovation."

The building slated to become the new Portrait Gallery was originally
opened in 1932 as the US Embassy, the first embassy ever constructed in
Ottawa. Now designated a heritage property, it will be fully restored
and adapted for its new use as a gallery with a modern wrap-around
addition providing a new entrance, visitor services and state-of-the-art
galleries.

Key to the successful construction and restoration are design architects
Edward Jones and Stephen Teeple of Dixon Jones/Teeple/Cole Architects.
This team will join with government partners to refurbish the site and
make it a tailor-made home for some of Canada's oldest and most
precious, yet previously hidden treasures. Also critical in this
endeavour are Reich + Petch Design International, who will be
responsible for the Portrait Gallery's opening exhibition designs.

"This project will allow us to safeguard this important architectural
symbol," said Minister Brison. "The building will also meet high
standards of environment-friendly design and construction."

As part of Library and Archives Canada, the Portrait Gallery will not
only continue to develop and preserve its current holdings, it will also
have access to all of the Library and Archives' other unique and
priceless collections, and will borrow portraits in public and private
collections from across Canada and internationally.

"The Portrait Gallery of Canada will continue to build on its efforts to
connect Canadians with their history and with its extensive collection
through outreach activities such as travelling exhibits and a new Web
site," states Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada.

The Portrait Gallery of Canada, announced by the federal government in
2001, is dedicated to showcasing the many men and women from all walks
of life who have helped to shape and continue to shape the country.
Through its collections of portraits, photographs and other works of
art, the Portrait Gallery promotes the values which define Canada and
which continue to provide an enduring basis for our country's vision of
nationhood now and into the future.

The project's cost of $44.6 million is funded through existing
government budget allocations.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Minister Responsible for Status of Women
    Jean-Philippe Cote, Director of Communications
    (819) 997-7788
    or
    Office of Minister Brison
    Renee David
    Press Secretary
    (819) 997-5421
    or
    Portrait Gallery of Canada
    Terresa McIntosh
    Media Relations
    (613) 995-4471
    or
    Library and Archives Canada
    Francois Gagnon
    Media Relations:
    (819) 934-5784
    For more information about the Portrait Gallery of Canada or to view the
    new concept designs, please visit: www.portraits.gc.ca.