Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced an investment in the conservation of the Dominion Exhibit Display Building II National Historic Site of Canada on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
"Undeniably the Dome Building is a direct link to our rich agricultural background. A background that not only defines us for who we are but is at the heart of our culture and future economic prosperity," said Maguire. "Brandon is not known as the Wheat City for nothing. And the Brandon Wheat Kings don't proudly wear the golden sheaves of wheat as a fashion statement. We are the Wheat City because it is our agricultural based economy that has allowed us to define who we are today."
The Dominion Exhibition Display Building II National Historic Site is a stately wooden exhibition building located in the midst of the City of Brandon's exhibition grounds. The structure's scale, materials and classical elements proclaim its early 20th-century origins. Many generations of families have celebrated agriculture and manufacturing in this iconic hall.
Maguire said, "As the Dome Building has stood for close to a hundred years, it will continue to remain a tribute to our past and a beacon to light the way for the next hundred years of agricultural excellence and future Provincial Ex events."
Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada is contributing up to $100,000 for restoration work to complete exterior repairs, including work on the domed corner pavilions. The work is part of a broader rehabilitation project. Work will continue the process of preserving this rare surviving example of a Dominion Exhibition building.
Maguire concluded, "By investing in our national historic sites and by building lasting relationships with the community groups that operate them, we ensure that they will continue to help support local economies and encourage more Canadians to explore and discover our national heritage."
- Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program reflects the Government of Canada's dedication to protecting Canada's heritage through funding towards the conservation of our national historic sites.
- Support helps ensure that work is undertaken in accordance with the highest standards for heritage conservation and provides opportunities for many skilled construction and conservation professionals to work on historic places across the country.
- The Government of Canada continues its efforts to ensure that Canada's cultural and natural heritage are protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.