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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Armoury is prominently located in Sherbrooke. It is a functional building with a low-pitched gable roof, which covers the large, unobstructed drill hall space. The armoury is clad in red brick and handsomely detailed with quarry-faced stone. Its principal façade features a prominent, low tower with crenellated turrets and a large troop doorway that leads directly to the drill hall within. 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 value.
The Armoury in Sherbrooke is closely associated with Canada’s pre-First World War armoury building campaign and the reform and expansion of the volunteer militia. The building reflects the federal government’s commitment to provide good local training facilities for the militia. The construction of the armoury at its site in Sherbrooke recognized the importance of the town as a military center and reflected its growth and prosperity.
The Armoury is a very good example of the aesthetic expression typical of T.W. Fuller’s standard armoury design. The structure is evocative of a medieval fortress as evidenced in the solid brick construction, stone detailing and the monumental façade with crenellated turrets and a large troop doorway. The very good functional design is clearly articulated in the unobstructed interior of the large, gable-roofed drill hall achieved through the use of Fink trusses. The flat brickwork with quarry-faced stonework demonstrates the building’s very good craftsmanship.
The Armoury sits on a corner site and is setback from the street. It is a well-known building within the region.
Sources: Armoury, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Building Report, 90-056; Armoury, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Heritage Character Statement, 90-056.
The character-defining elements of the Armoury should be respected.
Its standard plan, functional design and quality craftsmanship, for example:
- the composite form and symmetrical massing;
- the low-pitched gabled roof;
- the simulated features typical of medieval military construction that include a low prominent tower, crenellated turrets, chimneys, and a massive troop doorway;
- the exterior, executed in red brick with quarry faced limestone stringcourses, and details including the arched voussoir over the troop door;
- the symmetrically organized façades with regularly arranged windows;
- the large, open drill hall with exposed steel trusses.
The manner in which the Armoury is a well-known landmark within the community, as evidenced by:
- its scale and massing which makes it prominent within the area;
- its strong local presence through its continued use as the regimental headquarters of the local militia.
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
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection