Description of Historic Place
The Armoury in Cambridge is situated in the city’s downtown area. The large brick and stone structure projects a solid, fortified appearance. The façade features flanking towers, crenellated turrets and a large, stone-framed central troop door. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Armoury is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Armoury is associated with the development of Canada’s militia and makes a significant contribution to the city. The building is the home of the Highland Fusiliers of Canada, successor to the 29th Waterloo Infantry Battalion, formed in 1866 later known as the Highland Light Infantry of Canada.
The Armoury is an example of a smaller armoury of the 1910-1920 period.
It is constructed in a Tudor-influenced style with fortress-like detailing executed in stone and brick. The large, functional space of the main drill hall is made possible by the ability of the truss system to span a wide area. Distinguished by its good craftsmanship and functional design, the armoury also contains offices, stores and other facilities.
The Armoury is compatible with the present character of the downtown public, commercial, and industrial core and is familiar to town residents, visitors and to those traveling along Ainslie Street South.
Cambridge Armoury, Ainslie Street South, Cambridge, Ontario, Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 86-084; Cambridge Armoury, Ainslie Street South, Cambridge, Ontario, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement 86-084.
The character-defining elements of the Armoury should be respected.
Its functional Tudor-influenced design, good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
-the large scale, symmetrical massing of the principle façade with tripartite division flanked by corner towers with crenellated turrets;
-the large gable-roofed drill hall to the rear, and a towered, double-storied front entry block with large troop entrance featuring stone voussoirs;
-the red brick and limestone walls punctuated by narrow windows, stone stringcourses, copings, and crenellations;
-the uninterrupted volume of the drill hall and the overhead steel trusses.
The manner in which the Armoury in Cambridge is compatible with the present character of the public, commercial and industrial setting in downtown Cambridge and is a familiar landmark, as evidenced by:
-the armoury’s scale, distinctive design and use of materials;
-its familiarity to visitors, to people visiting the downtown core and to those travelling along Ainslie Street South.