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May 22, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario

Black and white photo of the 100 Sussex Drive main lobby.


100 Sussex Drive
"Temple of Science"

When we move indoors, there are a number of features of the building worthy of special comment. These include the library, main lobby, auditorium, board room and laboratories.

There is considerable detail to be seen in the 100 Sussex Drive main entrance and foyer such as the sculptured bronze main entrance doors, which are no longer used.

Proceeding into the building, eight broad marble steps lead into the main rotunda, and curving staircases on either side lead to the basement rotunda. Another pair of curved staircases on either side lead to the second floor rotunda. From the main rotunda there are also entrances to the side corridors and to the auditorium behind the entrance desk.

These structures are fine examples of the best of Italian Renaissance sculpturing.

The ceiling portrays the star pattern as seen from the Toronto Observatory on March 22 at 9 p.m. during the "vernal equinox".

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