Spencer R. Higgins, Architect Incorporated

Wolseley Barracks, London, Ontario  
Structural Survey and Slate Roof Replacement  

Wolseley Barracks is an institutional heritage building of national importance. Built in 1886 in London, Ontario, it is typical of military architecture of this period. It was the first home of the Royal Canadian Regiment and today houses the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum. It is a large, Italianate style, U-shaped structure built of buff coloured brick. It is comprised of three barrack wings arranged around a drill square.

As the heritage architect for Defense Construction Limited, we evaluated the condition of the exterior envelope, particularly of the slate roof. We prepared contract documents for the restoration of the slate roof including the repair and rebuilding of the chimneys, the upgrading of the roof structure, and the detailing of an insulated slate roof assembly. We restored the metal flashings and eavestroughs. We detailed and restored the wrought iron decorative work and wood finials.



Wolseley Barracks - London, Ontario
East Wing - 1993

Slate Roof Replacement in Progress - 1993