The ambitious transformation of the Windsor Armouries into centre for the arts is the subject of an article in the Autumn 2019 issue of Heritage Matters, a publication of the Ontario Heritage Trust.
“The Armouries building was, and is, an enduring symbol of sacrifice, freedom and pride for the region,” writes John Coleman in a piece entitled Learning from the past. “The restoration has given a new focus to Windsor’s proud military history.”
He notes the renovation created practice rooms for musicians, a performance centre, a library, classrooms, offices, a keyboard and computer lab, and studios for photography, painting, film production, sonic arts, sculpture, metal, and woodworking.
The trust, an agency of the Ontario government, has a mandate to identify, protect, promote, and conserve heritage in all its forms. Its current issue of Heritage Matters explores how conservation contributes positively to the province’s economic, social, and cultural life while supporting a sustainable and vibrant economy.