Sherbrooke’s City Council adopted a resolution on Monday evening calling on the federal government to invest in the city’s two crumbling armouries. Although it has been known for some time that the Colonel-Gaëtan-Côté armoury on Belvédère Street South and the Sherbrooke Hussars’ Armoury on William Street are in bad shape, the statement from the city cites recent news that the building on Belvédère will need to close its doors by June, to underscore the importance of preserving the landmark structures as soon as possible.
The call from the city points out that both structures are considered to be of exceptional local heritage value because of their long history and important, ongoing role in the community. Both buildings hold an A grade in the city’s architectural and heritage inventory of urban sectors, which was carried out between 2017 and 2020.
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