The countdown is on. After months behind a protective cover, the Legislative building dome is ready for its time in the spotlight. On May 16, 2016, the historic dome will be unveiled at a public ceremony giving Saskatchewanians a chance to see the shiny, new dome.
Built over a century ago, the dome had significant damage from the wear and tear of Saskatchewan’s weather. A restoration project was needed to preserve the dome and maintain its structural safety. Construction experts from a number of trades came together to contribute their talents to revitalizing the dome.
“I am pleased to say that, through the investment of Government, the dome of Saskatchewan’s historic Legislative building has been restored,” Jennifer Campeau, Minister of Central Services said. “The home of democracy in Saskatchewan has been preserved, and can continue to tell the story of our province for many generations.”
On the day of the unveiling, onlookers will be transported back to 1912. The new copper of the dome will look exactly how it would have when first constructed. It will take some time before it oxidizes once again to the darker finish most Saskatchewan people would recognize.
For much of the project, work was kept under wraps – literally. A white vinyl covering was put in place around the dome to protect it from the elements as construction took place, and to help control the temperature while mortar and other materials cured. Now substantially complete, the protective covering will be dropped at the unveiling ceremony. Parts of the construction scaffolding will remain in place as the finishing touches are made, but the public will get a glimpse of the shiny new dome beneath.
“Now that work is substantially complete, we are pleased to unveil the dome,” Richard Murray, Deputy Minister of Central Services said. “Part of our mandate is to operate, maintain and conserve architectural treasures like the Legislative building, and we are honoured to lead this historic restoration project.”
We invite the public to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of Saskatchewan's history, as we celebrate this Saskatchewan symbol of culture and democracy.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Refreshments and Cumberland Gallery exhibit opens at 7 p.m.
An exhibition showcasing the dome and restoration will be open for public viewing. The exhibition is located at the Cumberland Gallery, inside the Prince of Wales entrance of the Legislative building. Refreshments will also be available starting at 7p.m.
Program starts at 8 p.m.
The official unveiling ceremony will start at 8 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens in front of the Saskatchewan Legislative building at 2405 Legislative Drive in Regina.
Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, S.O.M., S.V.M., Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan; The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan; and other special guests will deliver remarks in celebration of the occasion.