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Minto Armoury

Minto Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1991/05/09

Main entrance of the Minto Armoury on St. Matthews Street, 1990.; Department of National Defence / Ministère de la Défense nationale, 1990.
Main entrance
Southeast corner of Minto Armoury, 1990.; Department of National Defence / Ministère de la Défense nationale, 1990.
Corner view
General view of The Minto Armoury under construction.; National Archives of Canada / Archives nationales du Canada, PA 46617.
General view

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Construction Date(s)

1914/01/01 to 1915/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/04/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Minto Armoury is a large, red brick structure located in the west end of Winnipeg. Its Tudor-Revival style, exemplified by sturdy, crenellated corner towers and low arched entrances provide the fortress motif and are characteristic features of the building. Armouries, lecture rooms and administration offices surround the large drill hall. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Minto Armoury is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
The Minto Armoury is associated with the provision of drill halls for the active volunteer Militia in Canada specifically under Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence from 1911 to 1916. He expedited the program of armoury construction initiated by Frederick Borden. In the interest of reducing costs, he turned over the design of the majority of armouries to his Engineering Services Branch, leaving only Class ‘’A’’ armouries in the hands of the Department of Public Works. The Winnipeg Armoury is one of the few designed by the latter under his auspices.

Architectural Value
The Minto Armoury is a very good example of the Tudor Revival style as evidenced by its sturdy towers and low arched entrance. The fortress motifs, characteristic of Canadian armouries, are featured in the crenellations and towers. The unobstructed interior of the drill hall exhibits very good functional design. This design was typical of architect Thomas Fuller’s work and exemplifies the monumental massing of his later designs.

Environmental Value
The Minto Armoury occupies the end of a block and reinforces the residential character of its community setting where it is a local landmark.

Sources: Armoury, CFB Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report, 90-061; Armoury, CFB Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Heritage Character Statement, 90-061.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Minto Armoury should be respected.

Its Tudor Revival style and fortress motif, very good functional design, and very good
craftsmanship, for example:
-the monumental scale and massing consisting of sturdy, square corner towers, a
two storey gate tower and a low arched entrance leading to a large drill hall;
-the steel truss structural system that spans the large, uninterrupted space of the drill hall;
-the exterior materials such as the red brick and white stone accents, and the decorative
detailing which contribute a decorative element to the buildings fortress like appearance
including the rusticated stone foundation and the medieval detailing such as string courses, crenellations, and window dressings in stone;
-the symmetrical arrangement of the numerous window openings.

The manner in which the building reinforces the character of its residential neighbourhood setting and is a local landmark as evidenced by:
-its Tudor Revival style, medieval motifs and materials which harmonizes with its
residential surroundings;
-its visibility and familiarity given its large scale, prominent location and well known
historical associations within the community.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

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Function - Category and Type



Armoury or Drill Hall

Architect / Designer

Thomas Fuller



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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