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Hall of Honour

The Hall of Honour

This impressive ceremonial hall is used for state occasions, parliamentary events, and formal processions such as the Speaker's Parade. The Hall of Honour is part of the central axis of the Centre Block, joining Confederation Hall to the Library of Parliament, and providing access to the main committee rooms.

Like Confederation Hall, the Hall of Honour has received a full Gothic Revival treatment. The walls are lined with a superimposed double arcade divided into ten bays, intercepted by the north corridor. The lower level consists of pointed arches formed by clustered piers and slender shafts set on pedestals. Behind the upper arcade, there are clerestory windows of cusped lights. The whole is covered with a fine ribbed vault, resting on corbels enriched with early English foliage and other traditional motifs.

The vault and walls of the Hall of Honour are sheathed in Tyndall limestone, enlivened at the lower level with dark green syenite shafts. The polished marble floor is a field of Missisquoi Boulder Grey marble with interior borders of Verde Antique serpentine. Missisquoi Black marble was used for the exterior borders, bases and column pedestals, as well as for the slender shafts of the upper arcade.

The Hall of Honour was originally intended as a place to display statuary and bronzes memorializing noteworthy Canadians. This original plan was subsequently modified, so that today, the walls are decorated with a number of commemorative reliefs and plaques referring - as incised on the central column in Confederation Hall - to the first Parliament building, the fire, Confederation and the Great War.

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