Repairs to the wall around Government House will provide visitors to downtown Halifax with a safer and better view of one of Canada’s most historic buildings. The Department of Transportation and Public Works called for tenders today, July 27, for the reconstruction of the outside wall around Government House, the official residence of the lieutenant-governor. Patchwork repairs have been made in the past but the wall is now so deteriorated there are concerns about its safety. The rebuilding job will make the structure both functional and appropriate to its historic location. Transportation and Public Works’ staff have researched historic photos and studied other long-surviving walls around Halifax to ensure that the reconstruction will do justice to the building. The research shows that a gate was part of the original wall so a similar gate is planned for the rebuilt wall. Obstructions behind the ironwork on the top of the wall will also be removed to allow a better view of Government House. A copy of the architect’s drawing of the rebuilt structure can be seen on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/wall.asp . The tender call is requesting that bids be made in three phases. The first phase will involve the reconstruction of the wall along Hollis Street and on part of Bishop Street. Phase two will involve reconstruction of the remainder of the Bishop Street section of the wall and all of the wall on Barrington Street. Phase three will result in reconstruction of the wall along the north side of the building. Tenders close on Thursday, Aug. 18.