Future of century-old Vernon armoury building subject to review

Brigadier Murphy Armoury at the Vernon Army Camp.
Image Credit: Army Cadet History

VERNON - The future of a historic Vernon building is unknown as the federal government decides what to do with the property.

The iconic brick Brigadier Murphy Armoury building at the Vernon Army Camp is currently under review by the Department of National Defence.

A statement from National Defence spokesperson Ashley Lemire says the department is examining the Canadian Armed Forces’ future requirements for the armoury.

“The department does not have any plans to demolish this building at this time, and will be able to confirm next steps for this property once these operational requirements are identified,” Lemire says.
There is no set timeline for the review.

Set on a hill overlooking the City of Vernon, the armoury was built in 1913, putting it at more than a century old. The building is included on the City of Vernon’s heritage sites register, and is described as a ‘large front-gabled brick building with pilasters and decorative corbelling.’

The website Army Cadet History notes the armoury is a familiar site to cadets and is ‘used for many functions including first aid training and the occasional movie night.’

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