Throwback Thursday

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken on May 13, 1935, showing the construction of the addition to the Windsor Armories. The photograph was taken by A. W. Spurgeon a professional photographer, who was hired by the Department of National Defence to officially record the construction process with a series of photographs taken at regular intervals. The architects for the project were the firm Sheppard, Nichols and Masson Architects and the contractor was R. J. Wilson Contractors. This project was, like many others throughout the country were carried out by various levels of government to help boost the economy during the darkest days of the Great Depression. The Windsor Armouries was used by the military until the new F. A. Tilston VC Armouries was open in the city’s west end in 2004. Ownership of the Windsor Armouries was then transferred to the City of Windsor were it remained vacant until the University of Windsor bought the facility for its Faculty of Fine Arts. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit our digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at

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