Wellington Street and Confederation Square

Inaugurated in 1969 as a centennial project, the National Arts Centre was designed by Fred Lebensold of ARCOP as Canada’s pre-eminent showcase for the performing arts. A major addition renewing its exterior and public spaces was undertaken by Diamond Schmitt Architects to mark the 2017 sesquicentennial. In future decades, there will be a need for a dedicated concert hall to be located on a site in the urban core.

The Museum of the Bank of Canada, formerly the National Currency Museum established in 1980, is housed in the Bank of Canada building, which was designed by Montréal architect S.G. Davenport in 1937–1938. In 1969, Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson designed the striking glass addition that flanks and encloses the older structure. The currency museum reopens its doors in 2017 as part of a major renovation of the building and its plaza.

Library and Archives Canada, whose mission involves preserving and documenting Canadian heritage, occupies a modern heritage building that marks the western approach to Parliament on Wellington Street. Designed by Mathers and Haldenby, and built from 1963 to 1967, the Library and Archives Canada headquarters provides researchers and visitors access to collections, events and exhibits. Some Library and Archives collections are also stored in a more recently constructed building in Gatineau, designed by Ikoy and FABG architects (1999).