March 10, 2003
by Canadian Architect
The design of a new National Portrait Gallery has been awarded to Cole & Associates Architects Inc., of Ottawa, Teeple Architects Inc. of Toronto and Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones of the United Kingdom. The facility will be housed at 100 Wellington Street in Ottawa, in the former U.S. Embassy, designed by New York architect Cass Gilbert in 1931. Gilbert was best known for his design of the gothic-styled Woolworth Building in New York, one of the city’s first towers. Edward Jones, in partnership with Michael Kirkland (Jones and Kirkland Architects) was the architect for Mississauga, Ontario’s City Hall while Stephen Teeple, who worked in the Jones and Kirkland office, had worked on the City Hall early in his career.
The project will include virtual access and public activities, and further connect visitors to Canadian heritage through its location on an important site across from the Parliament buildings, joining a prestigious network of federal cultural agencies that are located along Ottawa’s Confederation Boulevard.