view of building in winter

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

Project Update - June 2021

Due to the increased cost of raw materials, construction on the project will be delayed to January 2022 when market prices are expected to decrease or level off.


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.