The Speaker and the Sergeant-At-Arms are amongst those responsible for the legislative precinct, which by statute include the Parliament Buildings and grounds.
The Neo-baroque buildings face north on Belleville street facing the
Inner Harbour and diagonally across from The Empress Hotel . A statue
* 1 History
* 2 Exterior sculpture program
From 1856 to 1860 the Legislature of the Colony of Vancouver Island
met at Bachelor's Hall at Fort Victoria . From 1860 to 1898 it was
housed in the first permanent building at Legislative Hall or
Legislative Council Court, a two storey wooden building along with
four other buildings (Land Office, Colonial Office, Supreme Court, and
Treasury) known colloquially as "The Birdcages" because of their shape
(burned 1957). The main block of the Parliament Buildings
Construction of a new Parliament Building was first authorized by an act of the provincial legislature in 1893, the Parliament Buildings Construction Act. The province, anxious to commemorate its growing economic, social and political status, was engaged in an architectural competition to build a new legislative building in Victoria, after outgrowing "The Birdcages", which were notoriously drafty and leaked in wet weather. Francis Rattenbury , a recent English immigrant, 25 years old, entered the contest and signed his drawings with the pseudonym "A B.C. Architect". He progressed to the second round, signing his drawing "For Queen and Province" and eventually won the competition.
Despite many problems, including exceeding budget—the original
budget was $500,000; the final amount was $923,000—the British
Columbia Parliament Buildings began operation officially during 1898.
The grand scale of its 500-ft (152-m) long andesite façade, central
dome and two end pavilions, the richness of its white marble, and
Its success garnered Rattenbury many more commissions in Victoria and
other parts of the province, including the Legislative Library
(constructed between 1913-1915 and the cornerstone of which was laid
by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught ), the design of the Empress
Hotel , the Crystal Gardens indoor swimming pool nearby, and the
Vancouver Court House (now the
Vancouver Art Gallery ). The andesite
Besides the elected Members of the Legislative Assembly, two
organizations have been granted the privilege of using the Legislative
Chambers during the legislature's December recess: the British
Columbia Youth Parliament (since 1924, except during its sessions of
the late 1940s and early 1950s) and the
1994 Commonwealth Games
EXTERIOR SCULPTURE PROGRAM
The sculpture on the buildings was designed by the provincial
librarian, E.O.S. Scholefield and executed by
Charles Marega and his
assistant Bernard Carrier. For the exterior of the library Marega
created 14 figures: Chief
The rotunda of the BC Parliament Building
In 1932, artist George Southwell was commissioned to paint murals in
the rotunda depicting scenes from
A 2001 report, commissioned by the New Democrat government of the day, recommended that the murals be relocated to a museum where they could be given historical perspective. However, as the murals are painted on to the walls of the rotunda, the cost of removing them was estimated at $280,000. In April 2007, the legislature voted to remove murals, with only 3 of the 71 members voting against the motion. Since that vote, the murals have been fully restored and hidden from public view behind false walls.
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