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SOURCE Government of Canada
GATINEAU, QC, June 9, 2014 /CNW/ - On the occasion of his 80th birthday,
the Canadian Museum of History is honouring architect Douglas Cardinal
- the designer of its iconic and celebrated buildings - by renaming one
of its principal event and meeting rooms the Douglas J. Cardinal Salon.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Museum's two adjoining buildings. Upon opening, they
received immediate international acclaim for their innovative and
elegant design, inspired in part by their dramatic waterfront setting
across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill. Mr. Cardinal's work on
the project earned him a place among the world's most renowned
"Our Museum and all Canadians owe a great debt of gratitude to Mr.
Cardinal for this architectural treasure, which has graced the nation's
capital for almost three decades," said Mark O'Neill, President and CEO
of the Canadian Museum of History. "The Museum is proud to honour Mr.
Cardinal and extends best wishes on his 80th birthday."
The Museum consists of two pavilions. One houses the Museum's artifact
vaults and administrative and curatorial offices. The other is the
public museum building most familiar to millions of visitors from
across Canada and around the world. The public building is especially
dramatic with its flowing lines, copper-clad roof domes and the
towering window wall of its Grand Hall.
"The Museum will be symbolic in form," Mr. Cardinal wrote in his
original design statement. "It will speak of the emergence of this
continent, its forms sculpted by the winds, the rivers, the glaciers."
His vision was fully realized on June 29, 1989, when the Museum first
opened to the public.
Mr. Cardinal is working with the Museum once again. He is assisting with
the development of the Museum's new Canadian History Hall, which will
be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Canadian history
The Douglas J. Cardinal Salon is near the Grand Hall, the Museum's
architectural centrepiece. The highly-visible Salon is used for public
events and programs as well as private functions.
"The Museum building itself is an artifact of its time, and I am so
pleased to be involved in developing the design criteria for the next
steps in its evolution. It is a wonderful precedent in the
architectural profession for the Museum to have recognized the
importance of protecting the integrity of the design of the building. I
designed this Museum to serve the people of Canada now and in the
future," said Douglas Cardinal. "Working on the design of the Canadian
History Hall allows me to incorporate further ideas that were part of
my original design. I feel especially honoured that the Museum has
recognized my part in producing this national museum."
Douglas Cardinal was born in Calgary, Alberta, and studied architecture
at the University of British Columbia and the University of Texas. He
is an Officer of the Order of Canada, holds over a dozen honorary
degrees from Canadian and American universities, and has been honoured
by his peers in North America, Russia and Scotland. His firm, Douglas
Cardinal Architect Inc., is based in Ottawa.
Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the
Canadian Museum of History is Canada's largest and most popular
cultural institution, attracting over 1.2 million visitors each year.
The Museum's principal role is to enhance Canadians' knowledge,
understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and
objects that have shaped Canada's history and identity, as well as to
enhance Canadians' awareness of world history and culture.
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