Painting of the historic Dome Building in Brandon is set to get underway this week.

From 1879 to 1913, the Dominion Exhibition, a national agricultural exhibition, was held annually across Canada.

In 1913, Brandon’s bid to host the Dominion Exhibition was successful and the infrastructure to host this event would be constructed. The city of Brandon was recognized for its community’s progressive attitude and the agricultural excellence of the region.

In 2009, the Heritage Canada Foundation listed the domed building as one the most endangered structures in the country. Parks Canada, on its website, described the building as a “rare surviving example of the late 19th and early 20th century type of exhibition halls” built for agricultural fairs.

Renovations began the same year and were completed in the spring of 2018.

The building is also home to offices of local businesses including the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba.

“The painting is set to start this week and we received a Queen’s Jubilee grant that will help us develop the east end of the building and complete the patio” said Provincial Exhibition President Kathy Cleaver.

“We have a contractor secured and he’ll set up, get it scraped, prime and get it painted. It has been 10 years since we had it painted last time. We know there’s always going to be ongoing repairs and maintenance and we’ve planned for that.”

Kathy Cleaver says the Dome Building will be painted white because that colour is required because of the heritage status.