The province is preserving a landmark pre-Confederation building in downtown Halifax by investing $2.25 million in repairs to the exterior of the Dominion Building, home of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. MLA Leonard Preyra made the announcement on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson today, Nov. 16, as part of the province’s new capital plan to make life better for families. “Halifax’s downtown is known for its distinctive architecture and with this investment we are acting to preserve an important aspect of our heritage for coming generations,” said Mr. Preyra “By investing in crucial repairs to the Dominion Building’s exterior we’re ensuring that this historic building will continue to play an active role in the life of our capital city.” The extensive repairs involve replacing the sandstone on the exterior walls of the historic building. The work began earlier this year with replacement of sandstone on the Hollis Street facade and will continue on the George Street side of the building in the coming months. The building pre-dates Confederation and has been the home of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia since 1988. Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, it is part of an historic block of buildings that include nearby Province House. “The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the keeper of the provincial art collection and as such it is very important to have a safe and sustainable building in which to house it,” said Mark Bursey, chair of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s board of governors. “On behalf of the board we welcome this capital investment and are pleased that Nova Scotians and visitors alike will continue to have access to this significant cultural asset.” This is the second time in the province’s history that government is releasing some details of the capital plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for upcoming projects, resulting in efficiencies and cost savings for the province. The capital plan invests in projects that are most important to Nova Scotians like emergency rooms, schools, roads and hospital equipment.