In February 2019, the Senate moved to the Senate of Canada Building, a former train station built in 1912. The Senate will occupy this temporary location while Parliament’s Centre Block — the Senate’s permanent home — is rehabilitated.
Although Centre Block is shuttered for rehabilitation work, Canadians can still experience its art and architecture through the Senate’s immersive virtual tour.
It’s a window fit for a queen — two of them, actually.
But on May 13, 2020, daylight filtered through its colourful stained glass for the last time in what could be a very long while as conservators carefully removed the Senate foyer’s Diamond Jubilee Window to keep it safe during the rehabilitation of Centre Block.
The window celebrates the milestone reached by Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria 115 years apart: 60 years on the throne.
Kelowna, B.C. artists Christopher Goodman and Angela Zissoff created the artwork, which was installed over the Senate doors to Centre Block in 2012 as Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her diamond jubilee. It was familiar work for Mr. Goodman — he had helped his father with House of Commons windows as a young man in the 1970s.
The window consists of 500 pieces of glass, much of it mouth-blown. The design was approved by the Queen herself; she unveiled a mock-up in a 2010 ceremony at Rideau Hall.
Take a look behind the scenes at what went into removing and safeguarding this modern masterpiece.