Province to spend $150M on repairs to 99-year-old Legislative Building

The Manitoba Legislative Building is getting some serious money for maintenance and repairs.Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced Friday that $10 million will go into restoration of the iconic structure each year for the next 15 years.The historic building will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020.READ MORE: Critics say Manitoba budget leaves many unanswered questions
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Fielding said the Province has deferred funding for far too long, and it has led to a need for more urgent and costly upgrades.“The Manitoba Legislative Building opened in July 1920 and it’s our responsibility to ensure it stands for another 100 years,” said Fielding.“We’re making the maintenance of this historic building a priority and providing funding to reduce its operating costs over the long term.”The first phase of work will include masonry repairs and revitalization of the north side of the building, as well as some main entrance improvements. The province said it’s hoping to have that work completed in time for the centennial.READ MORE: Hundreds gather at Manitoba Legislative Building for annual New Year’s LeveeThe province is also planning for the building’s long-term future, with an annual $2.5 million earmarked for ongoing maintenance, beginning in 2034, after the initial 15 years are up.“This is a building that belongs to all Manitobans, and we want to be transparent and accountable to the public about the need for this important work,” said Fielding.“We will ensure timely and appropriate repairs are done to restore and preserve the building for future generations.”Major repairs in recent years have included roof work in 2010, reconstructing the skylight over the main staircase in 2012, as well as the well-publicized restoration of the Golden Boy back in 2002.PHOTO GALLERY: LEG_goldenBoyThe Golden Boy, perhaps the Legislative building’s most notable artifact.Brittany Greenslade / Global NewsImage from iOS (24)Inside the tower at the Manitoba Legislature.Brittany Greenslade / Global NewsLEG_metal fittingsPieces shown were removed from the century-old building because they were at risk of falling off.Brittany Greenslade / Global NewsLEG_limestone piecesPieces shown were removed from the century-old building because they were at risk of falling off.Brittany Greenslade / Global NewsLEG_statuesThe Legislature is home to intricate stone statues and carvings.Brittany Greenslade / Global NewsLEG_sphynxThe Legislature is home to some surprising stone statues.Brittany Greenslade / Global NewsGet daily local headlines and alerts