Day 60 – Connaught Armoury   5 comments

In an effort to learn more about my current city of residence, I’m going to pursue a heritage project for the next little while on the blog. It’s a bit ill-defined at the moment, but will focus on selected heritage-listed sites around Edmonton. The sites won’t be chosen in any particular order, but that may change as I learn more. The first heritage site I’ve chosen to shoot is the Connaught Armory, built in 1911.

The Connaught Armoury cost $35,000 to construct and is the oldest armoury in Alberta. The armoury was named for Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, the third son of Queen Victoria and the Canada’s governor general from 1911 to 1916. The armoury was built to house the B Squadron of the 19th Alberta Dragoons. The 19th Alberta Dragoons was one of the first units called up for service in World War I.  The armoury remained their quarters until January of 1965 when the regiment was disbanded and the armoury was closed.

The city then acquired the armoury, but it remained vacant for many years. A restaurant called “Armoury” tried to make a go of it in the building from 1979, but only lasted four or five years. It became vacant again until 2009 when the armoury became the site for a youth emergency shelter.

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5 responses to “Day 60 – Connaught Armoury

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  1. Thank you for the history tour, was a really interesting read!

  2. Wonderful looking building!

  3. great pictures & story… 🙂

  4. Very tasteful HDR shot!

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