Just two years removed from its Grand Re-Opening, the Dominion Exhibition Display Building No. 2 aka the “Dome Building” stands as an iconic symbol of Brandon’s history and agricultural roots.
As the only known surviving building built for the Dominion Exhibition (1879-1914) it was designated a Canadian national historic site in 1999. Not long after being listed as one of Canada’s most endangered structures by the Heritage Canada Foundation, a massive restoration and redevelopment effort was initiated that over the proceeding decade would see the building restored to a 21st century version of its former glory.
I was fortunate to have been given a chance to create an interactive virtual tour of the recently preserved building this past week, which features a combination of historical displays, office space and board rooms alongside the signature Ag Education Exhibit Hall.
Based on the 360 degree panoramic photos taken on that visit last week, you can retrace that walk about the building yourself using the interactive image below. Click/tap and drag within the image to have a look around and click/tap on the directional arrows in any given scene to check out the next scene.
Click/tap within the image to have a look around. Click on the white arrows to 'walk' to the next stop on the tour.
As much as having a look around on a screen can be a unique experience, the Provincial Exhibition is this week beginning to offer the opportunity to go one step further for folks with an avid interest in the history in our midst. Bookings are now being accepted for in-person guided tours of the location, which will see a local guide take one on a 30-minute fact-filled walk about the Dome Building while offering a bonus souvenir along with entry into a draw for more:
In connection with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Provincial Exhibition if Manitoba has been forced to cancel each of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, the Manitoba Summer Fair and Manitoba Ag Ex in 2020. The resulting financial impact has seen the non-profit organization lose more than $500,000 so far this year according to a Saturday Brandon Sun report. Please consider helping to ease that burden and support future editions of these signature events in the city by chipping in through a recently created #SaveTheFairs GoFundMe campaign at: