© Photo special to The Guardian by Brian Simpson
Province House in the snow photographed by provincial photographer Brian Simpson.
Province House is ready to ring in 2014 sporting a new $2-million makeover.
Egmont MP Gail Shea says the federal government is pleased to have invested the money to preserve the national historic site.
“Discussions held at this historic place played a pivotal role in shaping our country,’’ Shea said in a statement.
“We look forward to supporting local partners as they tell this important story throughout the celebration year.”
Conservation work at Province House began in 2011 focusing on the preservation of the period masonry to prepare it as the backdrop for 2014 celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.
There were also some structural upgrades to the building, and measures were taken to make the building weather-tight.
“As the home to the Provincial Legislature since 1847, and as a national historic site, the building continues to be a powerful symbol of Prince Edward Island’s provincehood and our democratic system of governance,” says Charles MacKay, clerk of the Legislative Assembly of P.E.I.
“It also continues to serve the important role of welcoming thousands of visitors every year who want to see the very building that provided inspiration to the Fathers of Confederation in 1864.”
Celebrations to mark the sesquicentennial of the Charlottetown Conference will be held across the island throughout 2014. Parks Canada will collaborate with PEI 2014 Inc. and the province of P.E.I. to launch festivities on New Year’s Eve at Province House with fireworks, music and entertainment.
“This renovation will help to ensure that all Canadians can continue to enjoy this iconic structure and discover the important role it has played, and continues to play in our shared heritage,” adds Parks Canada P.E.I. field unit superintendent Karen Jans.