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John Weir Foote Armoury

John Weir Foote Armoury

Photos by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted June 2018

John Weir Foote Armoury

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the wall of the Armouries on James Street North
across from Mulberry Street

Coordinates: N 43 15.683 W 79 52.007


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Plaque Text

The north section of this building (1887-1888) is a rare surviving example of the second wave of armoury construction in Canada. Designed by Henry James, it exemplifies the replacement of earlier wooden drill sheds with substantial brick structures. They provided increased security for arms storage and underlined the importance of city militia units as the country's first line of defence. The south section (1908), designed by Stewart and Whitton, reflects a subsequent phase of construction and militia reforms, which encouraged the increasing effectiveness of Canada's expanding armed forces.

Other plaques at this location
Acting Sergeant John Rennie, G.C. 1919-1943
Lieutenant Charles Davidson Dunbar, D.C.M. 1870-1939

Related Ontario plaque
John Weir Foote, V.C. 1904-1988



Hamilton Plaques

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