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ARCHIVED - Canada by Design:
Parliament Hill, Ottawa

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About Canada by Design

This exhibition was conceived to encourage research into the vast architectural, photographic and documentary resources available at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). If you would like to know more about the history of Parliament Hill, the government of Canada or Canada's rich documentary heritage, start your research at LAC.

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the Department of Canadian Heritage, whose financial assistance through the Canadian Culture Online (CCO) initiative made this work possible.


The photographs featured in this exhibition are selected from many important collections, including the William Lyon Mackenzie King collection, the Sir Sandford Flemming collection, the Samuel McLaughlin collection and others. Additional Parliament Hill photographs are available online. Start your search at:

Archival descriptions for some photographs may be updated periodically to reflect more recent information about items featured in this exhibition.

Architectural Drawings

The drawings featured in this exhibition are selected from the Parliament Buildings construction, addition and renovation plans transferred to LAC from the Department of Public Works in 1962. Additional Parliament Hill architectural drawings are available online. Start your search at:


The texts featured in this exhibition are edited selections from Hand Book to the Parliamentary and Departmental Buildings, Canada by Joseph Bureau (Ottawa: G.E. Desbarats,1867), Ottawa Past and Present by A.H.D. Ross (Toronto: Musson Book Company, 1927) and Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa by T. Morris Longstreth (New York: The Century Co., 1933). Additional textual materials about Parliament Hill can be consulted at LAC or through interlibrary or inter-institutional loan. Start your search at: