1713 Bedford Row
Exclusively for Doors Open Halifax, come tour the stunning atrium, usually closed to the public! See the opulent stone seahorses, the remaining brass postal wickets and the lobby’s marble floors, all intact in Halifax’s first skyscraper!
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. 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.