Manège militaire de Woodstock
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1904/01/01 to 1905/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Armoury is set on a flat site within the downtown core of Woodstock. It is a symmetrical structure. Two two-storey wings flank the dominant centre pavilion and a large troop door distinguishes the main entrance. 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 closely associated with the reform and expansion of the Active Volunteer Militia, during Frederick Borden’s tenure as Minister of Militia and Defence, from 1986 to 1911. The reforms transformed the militia from a citizen militia into an efficient fighting unit prepared for action when the First World War broke out. During this conflict Woodstock Armoury was used as both a training and recruitment centre. It presently accommodates the 89th Field Artillery.
The Armoury is a good example of a simple modular design used for early 20th century armouries. Incorporating little ornamentation, it illustrates a preference for functional design. Utilizing good craftsmanship and materials such as quarry faced stonework with flat brickwork, the armoury was designed by T.W. Fuller Chief Architect of the Department of Public Works.
The Armoury reinforces the character of its downtown setting and is a familiar landmark in the neighbourhood. Its specialized use adds to its local familiarity as a community landmark.
Jacqueline Adell, Armoury, Chapel Street, Woodstock, New Brunswick. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 90-042; Armoury, Chapel Street, Woodstock, New Brunswick, Heritage Character Statement 90-042
The character-defining elements of the Armoury should be respected.
Its aesthetic adapted for military structures using good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
-the simple, low-massed, flat-roofed, rectangular structure with a three-storey central pavilion and flanking two-storey, ancillary blocks;
-the brick surface of the exterior walls with rough-faced stone at basement level and minimal ornamentation such as stringcourses, lintels and coping;
-the main entrance with troop door and decorative detail;
-the regular grouping of the window openings.
The manner in which the Armoury in Woodstock reinforces the character of its downtown setting and is a familiar community landmark as evidenced by:
- its prominent setting and distinctive profile on a downtown street in Woodstock;
-its specialized use which makes it known in the city.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Armoury or Drill Hall
Architect / Designer
T.W. Fuller (junior)
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection