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Wellington Wall Gates

Wellington Wall Gates, (c1875) Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

 

As member of Heritage Conservation Program Team, Public Works and Government Services Canada, I was responsible for conservation design package and site review for the restoration of this series of large wrought iron gates located at the main entrances to Parliament Hill. They were originally produced by H. R. Ives and Co. of Montreal and combine some cast iron work with largely wrought iron forge work. Immediately prior to installation they were exhibited at the Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876 where they were hailed for their artistry. Today they are considered to be the finest wrought iron work ever produced in Canada.

  

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Details from the original drawings.

  

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The Queen’s Gate looking towards the West Block shortly after original installation.

  

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The Queen’s Gate after restoration and reinstallation.

  

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A detail of the Queen’s Gate after restoration and reinstallation.


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