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Legislature and Golden Boy

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The Legislature or "The Leg" (pronounced ledge) as it's known locally, is the seat of Manitoba's provincial government.

Made of Tyndall stone in 1920, many million-year-old fossils are evident in the stone walls.

The crowning glory of our Legislative Building is The Golden Boy, who sits atop the dome.  The figure was sculpted by Charles Gardet of Paris, cast in 1918 by the Barbidienne foundry in France.

He is 4 meters high and 5 tons.  The Golden Boy is probably Manitoba's best known symbol.  The Golden Boy carries a sheaf of golden grain in his left arm, while his right hand holds high a torch.  The top of his torch is 77 metres (255 feet) above ground.

Sheathed in 23.5 karat gold this truly is "The Leg's" crowning glory.   The gold is wearing away and the government is considering allowing people to have their pictures with the statue for a small fee to pay to have the gold redone.

golden boy

the ledge

The Barbidienne foundry was partially destroyed by bombs during World War I, but from the ruins the Golden Boy emerged unharmed. The figure was rushed to a seaport and put aboard a French ship carrying wheat. The ship was commandeered for the transportation of troops before it set out to sea.

The boy lay in the hold of the ship, traveling many miles, constantly in danger. When the war ended, the figure arrived in Halifax and was shipped to Winnipeg, where it was finally hoisted to the top of Manitoba's then new Legislative Building.

Golden Boy's torch was illuminated in 1970, as part of Manitoba's Centennial Celebration.

World War One caused a slow down in the work on the building.   There were also difficulties due to a scandal in 1915, involving misappropriation of funds for the construction.

tyndall stone

Goodyear Blimp

The Goodyear Blimp passes by the Legislature and Golden Boy

A Pan Am logo adorns the grounds.

legislative building

Top of Legislature Page

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Legislature and Golden Boy

legislature

The Legislature or "The Leg" (pronounced ledge) as it's known locally, is the seat of Manitoba's provincial government.

Made of Tyndall stone in 1920, many million-year-old fossils are evident in the stone walls.

The crowning glory of our Legislative Building is The Golden Boy, who sits atop the dome.  The figure was sculpted by Charles Gardet of Paris, cast in 1918 by the Barbidienne foundry in France.

He is 4 meters high and 5 tons.  The Golden Boy is probably Manitoba's best known symbol.  The Golden Boy carries a sheaf of golden grain in his left arm, while his right hand holds high a torch.  The top of his torch is 77 metres (255 feet) above ground.

Sheathed in 23.5 karat gold this truly is "The Leg's" crowning glory.   The gold is wearing away and the government is considering allowing people to have their pictures with the statue for a small fee to pay to have the gold redone.

golden boy

the ledge

The Barbidienne foundry was partially destroyed by bombs during World War I, but from the ruins the Golden Boy emerged unharmed. The figure was rushed to a seaport and put aboard a French ship carrying wheat. The ship was commandeered for the transportation of troops before it set out to sea.

The boy lay in the hold of the ship, traveling many miles, constantly in danger. When the war ended, the figure arrived in Halifax and was shipped to Winnipeg, where it was finally hoisted to the top of Manitoba's then new Legislative Building.

Golden Boy's torch was illuminated in 1970, as part of Manitoba's Centennial Celebration.

World War One caused a slow down in the work on the building.   There were also difficulties due to a scandal in 1915, involving misappropriation of funds for the construction.

tyndall stone

Goodyear Blimp

The Goodyear Blimp passes by the Legislature and Golden Boy

A Pan Am logo adorns the grounds.

legislative building

Top of Legislature Page

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