Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced financial support for the reconstruction and development of the Grande Allée Armoury, an important Economic Action Plan cultural initiative, and unveiled the architectural concept of the building. A national historic site, the original armoury was destroyed by fire in April 2008.
"Our Government is proud to support the reconstruction of the Grande Allée Armoury, a centrepiece of Quebec City's rich architectural and historical landscape with a proud military past," said the Prime Minister. "The reconstruction of this National Historic Site of Canada will generate jobs in Quebec and culminate in an exciting new space that will host cultural and community activities, government offices and a tribute to the Voltigeurs de Québec, which this year celebrates the 150th anniversary of the current regiment and also perpetuates the history and heritage of the Canadian Voltigeurs from the War of 1812."
The concept and drawings, which were informed by public and expert consultations - including key Quebec stakeholders - reflect the emphasis on and deep respect for heritage preservation and the architectural integrity of the original building.
This included using surviving elements of the original structure and drawing inspiration from Eugène-Étienne Taché's original design. The design and reconstruction of the armoury will also be done in a manner that honours the government's commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.