The restoration and redevelopment of Dominion Exhibition Display Building No. II will preserve an important part of the agricultural history of our community and our country. The well known “Dome Building” was constructed for the hosting of the Dominion Fair in Brandon in 1913, and is the only surviving building in Canada constructed for this series of Fairs. With both Provincial and Federal heritage designation, it truly is a national treasure.
The restored building will become a cultural and tourism asset for Westman, housing an agricultural museum where visitors can experience agriculture first hand through a variety of interactive displays and activities. It will also contain office space and a board room for several nonprofit agricultural organizations (including the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba).
When the project is completed, the Provincial Exhibition will develop an agricultural park to surround it, on the west side of 13th Street between Brandon and Hill Avenue entrances. Display Building No. II and the nearby historic Government of Manitoba Trade Fair Building will form the hub of the park, surrounded by agricultural demonstration projects and activities, including a community garden, crop plots, an agriculture themed playground, wind turbine(s), a composting station, and much more. The park will be a true community project with participation from a broad cross section of organizations and interests, providing recreational and educational opportunities for all.
In 1913 the Dominion Exhibition Display Building and the Dominion Fair were recognized as symbols of agricultural excellence and economic drivers for Brandon - and they will be once again, one hundred years later.