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Ortona Armoury was built in 1914 and has been a prominent historical landmark in the Rossdale area for over a century. The building was designated as a Municipal Historic Resource in 2004. Based on a lifecycle assessment of this City of Edmonton owned facility, Ortona Armoury building was identified as a high priority for rehabilitation. Historical Designation prevents demolition of the building or inappropriate alterations to the structure.

The Ortona Armoury building is currently occupied by individual and group artists who have tenancy agreements with the City of Edmonton. The building will continue to serve as an arts centre in the future.

Public Information Session  

Join us to learn more about the planning work in progress for future rehabilitation of the Ortona Armoury Building and find out how the refurbished space can connect and be utilized.

Date: Wednesday May 30, 2018

Time: 5-7:30pm

Location: Rossdale Community League Hall (10135-96 Ave)

Please note: Drop-in event. There will be no formal presentations.

Project Timeline


  • Complete Functional Program and Schematic Design

  • Stakeholder engagement and public information session

  • Budget for the next phases pending funding approval from City Council


  • Detailed Design and Construction pending funding approval

Project Overview

The Ortona Armoury building is currently used as studio space for 11 artists/arts groups who have tenancy agreements with the City. A City facility lifecycle assessment has identified the Ortona Armoury building as a priority for rehabilitation. This project will require extensive work to upgrade structural foundations, replace mechanical and electrical systems and general building repairs. Rehabilitation work will follow historical conservation methods and best practices. This rehabilitation project will require a full closure of the building for approximately two years.

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