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Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby
  • Architect Bruno Freschi describes to Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, how the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby will take shape. Photo: Christopher Little Architect Bruno Freschi describes to Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, how the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby will take shape. Christopher Little

    On 26 July 1982, the Honourable Henry Bell-Irving, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, performed the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

    The site in Burnaby, a suburb of Greater Vancouver, was selected for the Centre because it was here that the first Ismaili congregation was established in Canada. A firm, led by the well-known Vancouver architect Bruno Freschi, was commissioned to design the Centre, using a synthesis of Islamic architecture and contemporary building design.

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