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National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Moshe Safdie, Parkin/Safdie Architects, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander 1983–88
Canada’s National Gallery began as a modest collection of artwork for Parliament, but after passage of the National Gallery Act (1913), its first director, Eric Brown, began to collect works by a substantial number of emerging Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven.
Once housed in the Victoria Building (C13), now the Canadian Museum of Nature, the collection never had a proper gallery. Competitions held in the 1950s and 1970s had no tangible results, except moving the gallery into the Lorne Building (Green, Blankstein, Russell & Associates 1958–60; demolished 2011). Searching for a new home, the National Gallery finally built a place to showcase its impressive art.
Photograph courtesy of Peter Coffman