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“The Western Block is similar in style to that of the Eastern block, but not quite so large and more regular in its construction, being 220 feet long [67 m], facing the square, and 277 feet [84 m] on the south looking on Wellington street. It is also very imposing, although not possessing such good entrance as the Eastern block, a circumstance which is probably accounted for by the fact of the Governor General and Privy Council's rooms being situated in the first described block.”
from Hand Book to the Parliamentary and Departmental Buildings, Canada, by Joseph Bureau (1867)