Minto Armoury (1915-Active) - A Canadian World War I era armoury and drill hall established in 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Named after Governor-General Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto. Active military installation.
Constructed between 1914 and 1915 during Canadian involvement in World War I. Located on St. Matthews Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Designed by the Department of Public Works under Thomas W. Fuller with architect Herbert E. Matthews.
Note: The Manitoba Historical Society credits architect H. E. Matthews with the design while the historical designation documents credit T. W. Fuller with the design. I include both above.
The Minto Armoury was designed in the Tudor Revival style of architecture. It has Canada's standard fortress motif with four square corner towers, a two story gate tower and arched entrance. The distinctive red bricks were produced by the local Sidney Brickworks company. The interior provides a large central drill hall surrounded by Armouries, lecture rooms and administration offices.
A fire on 22 Jan 1956 severely damaged the wooden roof and killed a member of the Winnipeg Fire Department. The roof was replaced by the present open steel truss roof.
Active military installation that houses the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, and other reserve units. The armoury also houses three regimental museums, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Museum, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders Museum and the 38th Service Battalion Museum. The historical designation is limited to the footprint of the main building.
Visited: 2 Aug 2016