Dominion Public Building

1713 Bedford Row


A favorite with visitors last year, this Federal Heritage Building, completed in 1936 during the great depression, is an art deco styled “skyscraper” that still remains one of Halifax’s original landmarks. Visit the beautifully renovated Atrium, typically closed to the public, overlooking Halifax harbour.  Before exiting, be sure to admire the exquisitely crafted stone seahorses, and the original brass postal wickets in the marble lobby.

The historic Dominion Public Building has been a landmark on the Halifax waterfront for more than 75 years.  A Recognized Federal Heritage Building, it was built in 1935 during the Great Depression, and is a lasting example of the federal government’s efforts to stimulate the economy in a time of unprecedented economic crisis. It is one of the first Art Deco style office buildings designed by the Chief Architect’s Office for Canada, and was the city’s first “skyscraper,” a title it held until the 1960s.

Dominion Building Seahorse

The high quality craftsmanship and materials are clearly visible through the smooth, simple facades highlighted with decorative carvings in the masonry, typical of Classical Modern design.

Today, the building houses approximately 400 employees of Public Works and Government Services Canada.