01/18/2012 12:21 EST | Updated 03/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Interior work set for Newfoundland's first legislature building in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Restoration work on Newfoundland's first legislature is continuing with a $1.9 million contract awarded to a St. John's company for interior repairs.

The provincial government says the $22.3 million restoration of the Colonial Building will respect its historical integrity.

The government says the building is scheduled to open in 2014 and it will be a flagship provincial historic site.

Work on the building's interior is expected to be done by the end of the year and includes structural repairs, new plumbing, electrical systems and washrooms, and the addition of an elevator.

Some work has already been completed including the cleaning and restoration of two ceiling murals.

The building was used as Newfoundland's first legislature starting in 1850.