Armoury to be rebuilt just like it was

Armoury to be rebuilt just like it was

Main pic: Manège militaire de Québec, Ville de Québec, Canada. Photo credit: Christophe Finot

Quebec City (Quebec) 21 November 2014 – The Quebec City military armoury building (Manège Militaire) is finally going to be rebuilt after it burned down in April 2008.

The Federal government has released $100 million in funds to reconstruct the building in its entirety at the same time keeping its original architectural aspect intact. In other words they want to have the structure look exactly as it did before the fire, at least on the outside.

The inside however will be more up to date and remodelled to accommodate office space for the government itself, with some extra space for rentals and finally an auditorium which will seat around 1,300 people.

The work should start this summer after the tenders have been accepted.

It won’t be easy to reconstruct the building as it was because, the masonry and woodwork will have to be renovated to look like it did originally, meaning the company who undertakes the contract will have to have some specialised workers who are able to resurface and refinish everything using the old fashioned methods that were used when the structure was first built.

After the building burned down in 2008 there were a lot of rumours going around that the old walls of the 10,000 square metre building would be used as a backdrop for a permanent stage to be used during the summer festival but, that option has obviously been scrapped.

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