Better late than never, they say. After sitting vacant since 1998, the new federal Liberal government is getting around to finding a use for the old U.S. Embassy at 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa, directly across the street from the Parliament Buildings. The Beaux-Arts building, built in 1932, is a three-storey Indiana limestone with hardwood floors and panelled walls inside and is considered a gem. But it needs to be updated and renovated. At one time, there was talk to transform it into a national portrait gallery.
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