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The Ortona Armoury building is currently under construction and undergoing rehabilitation work.


The Ortona Armoury was built in 1914 and has been a prominent historical landmark in the Rossdale area for over a century. For the last 30 years, the Ortona Armoury building has been used as studio space for artists/arts groups who have tenancy agreements with the City. In 2004, the building was designated as a Municipal Historic Resource which legally protects it from demolition or alterations to the structure.

As a result of the rehabilitation, the Ortona Armoury Building will remain an arts and community hub that supports flexible art spaces for visual and performing artists, as well as creating bookable spaces for community use.

Project Timeline

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  • Anticipated project completion (December 2022)


  • Start of new construction (summer 2021)
  • Detailed design continues to progress


  • Detailed design started
  • Funding approved
  • Selective demolition and hazardous material removal work completed (March 2020)
  • Design development completed


  • Building officially closed
  • Tenants vacated the building


  • Functional Program and schematic design completed 
  • Stakeholder engagement and public information session
  • Lifecycle assessment identified Ortona Armoury as a high-priority for rehabilitation

Project Overview

This project will require extensive work to upgrade structural foundations, replace mechanical and electrical systems and general building repairs. Due to the scope of the work and the age of the building, it will be closed for approximately 2 years in order to follow historical conservation methods and best practices.

For More Information

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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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