Aurora's Historic Armoury
Built in 1874 as a drill shed for the 12th Battalion of Infantry or York Rangers, the building is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. The Town purchased the Armoury from the federal government in 2014 with the intention of restoring the property and returning it to its role as a community gathering space.
The Armoury is currently used for storage and the occasional event, although extensive work on the building is required in order to realize the vision of restoration and a reintegration into Town Park. The Armoury has traditionally been very linked with events in the park, whether they be political rallies and speeches or festivals and sporting events.
On November 28, 2017, Aurora Town Council approved a report directing staff to proceed with a detailed design for the renewal of 89 Mosley Street. The plans focus on the restoration of the building, the re-establishing of the link between the Aurora Armoury and Town Park and the identification of a strategic use for the property.
On June 12, 2018, Aurora Town Council approved the budget and the designs for the restoration of the Aurora Armoury.
Reports on the restoration of the Armoury are available below:
PDS18-069 Renovation of the Aurora Armoury - June 12, 2018.pdf
Item R1-PBS17-095-Restoration-Armoury-89 Mosley St.pdf
In 2017, the Town announced a partnership agreement with Niagara College which will see the Canadian Food and Wine Institute offering training out of the Armoury following it's restoration. For further details, please view the below report:
Additional drawings can be viewed in the above document dated June 12:
For more information on the history of the Armoury, visit the Virtual Museum exhibit