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“The proper study of the Parliament Buildings would enrich a week and leave the memory full of beauty. Architect John A. Pearson of Toronto, designer of the Sun Life Building in Montreal, created a magnificent memorial to himself in this masterpiece, and at astonishingly small cost, twelve million dollars, a figure totally incommensurate with the splendor of the result. The Nepean sandstone for the exterior was quarried ten miles [16 km] from Ottawa, much of the interior is of Manitoba limestone, the cut stone-work a Wallace sandstone from Nova Scotia.”
from Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa, by T. Morris Longstreth (1933)