Released on June 15, 2017
It was a historic win for the Legislative Building at Government House on June 14. The dome restoration project was presented with a Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award for Architectural Conservation.
Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield presented the awards on behalf of Heritage Saskatchewan to recognize the dedication of building owners, the wisdom and skill of designers and the exceptional achievements of local craftspeople who contribute to the preservation of Saskatchewan’s architectural heritage.
“The Legislative Building with its iconic, copper-clad dome has immense historical significance and symbolic importance to the people of Saskatchewan,” Central Services Minister Christine Tell said. “We are honoured to receive this award acknowledging our dedication to heritage preservation.”
The Heritage Award celebrates the work completed in 2016 on the dome’s copper, stonework and water management system which had deteriorated over time due to exposure to the elements. The repairs were needed to preserve the building and ensure its structural safety for occupants.
Great care was taken to ensure the historical integrity of the restoration. The project team spent countless hours researching the original building drawings and later, skilled artisans devoted the same care and craftsmanship to the restoration that went into creating the building more than 100 years ago.
“Heritage Saskatchewan is pleased to present the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award to the Legislative dome conservation project,” Heritage Saskatchewan CEO Ingrid Cazakoff said. “This year’s program will honour 10 worthy recipients in the areas of Education, Events, Publishing, Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation, and Long-Term Stewardship of a Heritage Property.”
The 2017 Awards ceremony is managed and hosted by Heritage Saskatchewan at Government House. This is the 22nd year the Awards have taken place.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award is the third award the Legislative Building has received this year. It was also awarded the Municipal Heritage Award for Restoration by the City of Regina and the North American Copper in Architecture Award for Renovation/Restoration.
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