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    Old Government HouseOld Government House Fredericton, NB, Canada
    The official residence of the lieutenant governor of New Brunswick is housed in the Old Government house and occupies 11 acres on the Saint John River in the provincial capital. Although many similar structures in different countries have a prominent place to build their capital, the old government house is considered very unobtrusive in the city, keeping it more like the other private homes in the neighborhood. This structure was built to replace the former residence of the lt. governor that had been burned down in 1825. This newer version was constructed between 1826 and 1828, on the former site of the Acadian settlement of Sainte-Anne and would become a meeting place for the viceroy and his executive council, state dinners and balls. In 1890, Lt. Governor Samuel Leonard Tilley believed the maintenance budget for the property was too much, so he would relocate, allowing the former vice regal residence to be used for other purposes; from 1896 to 1900 it became a school for the hearing impaired, then became a military barracks during WWI, a soldiers' hospital after the war ended, and from 1934 to 1988, it would become the J Division regional headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and in 1958 became a National Historic Site. Today, the house is used for the Canadian Royal Family and visiting foreign dignitaries that are greeted and stay while in Fredericton. It is where many royal and vice royal occasions are held, like the bestowing of provincial awards or induction into the Order of New Brunswick, dinners, speaking engagements, receptions and luncheons. The estate is owned by the Queen in Right of New Brunswick but open to the public, so it is often used for public celebrations like New Brunswick Day and Canada Day.

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    Beaverbrook Art GalleryBeaverbrook Art Gallery Fredericton, NB, Canada
    The Beaverbrook is a small prominent art gallery in Fredericton, NB, Canada on the southwest bank of the Saint John River near the border of the central business district, and is the provincial art gallery housing a collection of excellent quality even though its small. The gallery had been established and built in 1958 by British-Canadian press mogul, baron Lord Beaverbrook, for a gift to the province that he had enjoyed his childhood in. Beaverbrook would inform his charitable foundations to fill the gallery with the finest paintings and artworks from his private collection that included works by such famous artists as Dali, Gainsborough, Turner, Reynolds, Constable and Krieghoff. These works have become part of the gallery's Beaverbrook charter collection and contain Dali's Santiago el Grande and Turner's The Fountain of Indolence. Also part of the magnificent collection, are marvelous 19th and 20th century Canadian artists like Riopelle, Group of Seven, Carr and Milne; and their main focus is now on 20th century New Brunswick artists' works. Unfortunately, there would arise a dispute in 2003 over the ownership of the charter collection, with the heirs of Beaverbrook wanting to sell some of the most valuable paintings in the collection through the international art auctioneers at Sotheby's so they could raised money for their Canadian and UK Beaverbrook Foundations. The art gallery, stated that the paintings were received in permanent custodial rights, citing the wishes of Lord Beaverbrook himself, when the gallery was created. The dispute had to go to arbitration, and a ruling was finally obtained in 2007, with 85 of the disputed 133 paintings being gifts from Beaverbrook, and 48 were returned to the Beaverbrook UK Foundation, that is presently run by Sir Maxwell Aitken III, the grandson of the Lord Beaverbrook and he said he would appeal that decision. Meanwhile, there are 78 other paintings that are being disputed by the Canadian foundation in another legal case against the gallery, but is still waiting to be heard. This foundation is being run by another grandson named Timothy.

May 3, 2011