Falling plaster closes P.E.I. historic site

Ryan Ross
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Province House in the snow photographed by provincial photographer Brian Simpson.

The centerpiece of the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations will be closed for a few months after a large chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling at Province House last month.

Since then the legislative assembly’s staff have had to relocate to the Atlantic Technology Centre until repair work is finished.

In a statement from Parks Canada, a spokeswoman said a section of plaster four-feet wide and 10-feet long fell in the north entrance on Jan. 21.

Parks Canada said it took immediate action by contracting an architectural and engineering company to conduct in-depth testing.

“The safety of visitors and occupants at Province House National Historic Site is a priority for Parks Canada,” the statement said.

Coles Associates Ltd., which was hired to do the testing, advised Parks Canada that the building is safe but the plaster on the ceiling near the main stairwell needs to be replaced.

That work is underway and will be finished by the time the legislative assembly opens in April, the statement said.

It also said the consultant wasn’t able to determine why the plaster fell.

The legislative assembly staff that had to move includes the offices of the clerk and Speaker of the House Carolyn Bertram.

A statement from the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department said the decision was made to move the staff for their health and safety.

“An occupational health and safety report recommended that staff be moved from Province House due to the dusty conditions resulting from the renovation work.”

The falling plaster is just the latest in a series of problems at Province House, which has undergone about $1.6 million in renovations and repairs over the last year to help stabilize the building and prevent water infiltration.

In December Parks Canada had to deal with water dripping into the building after ice built up on the roof and leaked in through windows.

 

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Organizations: Parks Canada, Province House National Historic Site, Atlantic Technology Centre Coles Associates Infrastructure Renewal Department

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  • Liberal dong
    February 10, 2014 - 06:13

    I believe this old building is costing to much to keep in good repair....A hint to this government do like they did to those schools....rubble...rubble....

  • Stew
    February 08, 2014 - 20:15

    Stop whining. It's an old building of historic significance, people. It's upkeep and repairs will be expensive, but it is well worth preserving for the public to enjoy. I think I'll take the kids to see it again when the repairs are done.

  • don
    February 08, 2014 - 09:32

    time to tear 2 buildings down as ghiz and the health minister has said about some of the buildings on PEI they are over 80 years old and worn out tear them down. now ghiz put up or shut up about older places. please tear down the governors house and Province House. and no need to rebuild use the land for parking. ottawa will listen to you as you are the most powerful leader in north america. at least in your mind. why should the tax payers pay for the governors house just to give a person a nice free patronage job. so ghiz when will we hear you say that these places are being torn down.

    • right
      February 08, 2014 - 16:13

      And we can get rid of pension liabilities by shooting everyone at 65. why think when one can simply destroy the problem.

  • more problems
    February 08, 2014 - 08:01

    Province House, which has undergone about $1.6 million in renovations and repairs over the last year......... Seems all kinds of construction & repairs around the island turn out to be done quite shabby. It is amazing the amount of $$$ floating around the island from this govt lately yet they never have $$ for important things. Perhaps this failing Liberal govt needs to concentrate more on the people as in getting jobs, better health care, better living for islanders in general, & quit giving $$ to their cronies, and spending $$ on fail projects.

  • Liberal dong
    February 08, 2014 - 05:43

    I have always been told do not bite the hand that feeds you,if this is the individual from over south who was looking to fill his pockets from government on grounds. Of not being rehired when gov changed,but now working in a fulltime government position,maybe he is not leeching anymore.

  • John Mac Tavish
    February 07, 2014 - 19:00

    Falling apart, just like this Liberal Government.