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Ceiling of the House of Commons Foyer

The Ceiling of the House of Commons Foyer

The general design of the ornamental skylight in the House of Commons Foyer recalls a Tudor-style ceiling, with its moulded ribs and intricate shaped panels. Medallions decorated with the rose and the fleur-de-lis are repeated in the octagonal panels, and the monogram "HC" (House of Commons) is found in the small oblong panels. Sprigs of maple leaves interspersed with symbols, representing different government departments and their activities at the time, are displayed in the oval panels. Borders of pinecones, oak leaves and acorns complete the design.

The art glass panels inserted between the concrete moulded ribs are of a soft green hue, a typical glass colour used in the early 1920s for painted work. This ceiling was designed by architect John A. Pearson in 1919, and the painted glass panels were executed by the N.T. Lyon Glass Company of Toronto.

Symbols Representation
Steam crane Public Works
Beaver and bees Trade and Industry
Lighthouse and ship Naval Services
Military ship at sea Overseas Military
Letters, stamps, caduceus Postmaster General
Fish and anchor Fisheries
Wheat and sickle Agriculture
Pounds and dollars Finance
Crowned globe Geological Survey
Moose and crown Ministry of the Interior
Weapons and helmet Militia and Defence
Crates and 33⅓% Customs
Steam locomotive Railway
Scale and sword Justice
Picks, shovels, saw Mining and Forestry
Crown, mace, Royal Assent Parliament
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