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Connaught (Strathcona) Armoury
Connaught (Strathcona) Armoury
General information
Type Drill Hall / armoury
Architectural style fortress-like appearance
Location two lots along 85 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Address 10310 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Canada
Current tenants Drop-in centre for Youth Empowerment & Support Services
Construction started 1911
Cost $35,000
Client B Squadron of the 19th Alberta Dragoons
Owner Edmonton
Technical details
Structural system brick and sandstone construction – stylized crenellations on the roof line, heavy brick and masonry walls, and formal entry porch.
Awards and prizes Canada's Register of Historic Places[1] Edmonton Historical Board Plaque Award; Municipal Historic Resource (2007/03/06); Provincial Historic Resource (1979/02/16) [2]

The Connaught Armoury is located 10310 85 Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This building was built in 1911–12 in what was then the City of Strathcona at a cost of $35,000. The early twentieth century, two-storey, rectangular brick building is the oldest armoury in Alberta.[3]

Facilities[edit | edit source]

In addition to a main floor drill hall, it incorporated storerooms for arms, saddles and uniforms; offices and a caretaker’s apartment. In the basement, the drill hall had a rifle range and bowling alley.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

The Edmonton Historical Board Plaque states:" Edmonton is home to several armoury buildings, reflecting the importance of the armed forces in our city’s history. The Connaught Armoury was built in what was then the City of Strathcona in 1911-12. It was named for Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, the third son of Queen Victoria and Canada’s Governor-General from 1911 to 1916." [5]

The armoury was built to house the B Squadron of the 19th Alberta Dragoons. The 19th Alberta Dragoons was a cavalry, and later armored regiment which served during the First World War and in the Second World War. After the Second World War, it became the 19th Alberta Armoured Car Regiment.[6] When the Dragoons were removed from the Order of Battle in 1964-5, the City of Edmonton acquired the armoury from the federal government.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The building was vacant for 14 years. The building has been leased out to various restaurants over the years, but they did not succeed. The Strathcona Legion Branch 150 requested the use of the Armoury after the building they were occupying became too expensive to continue using. However, Edmonton City Council decided to use the building as a drop-in centre for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society.[7]

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