As the old adage goes, what’s old can be new again. Such is the case at 1352 Lakeshore Road East, as the old Small Arms building has been completely rejuvenated into something new and exciting.

The Small Arms building was built in 1941 as a World War II hub. We’re almost 80 years removed from that devastating war, and thus it comes as no surprise that the Small Arms building is in disrepair. Heck, it’s surprising it’s still standing after all these years. Well, in 2009 the building was registered as one of cultural significance, and therefore couldn’t be knocked down. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t be transformed however.

Last month, The Small Arms Society, along with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and several key members of city council, convened at the historical landmark, to declare it open to the public. The building has been refurbished with lights, new flooring, renovated structure, and a new lick of paint. It’s a far cry from what it looks like in the image above.

The bright new space consists of 20,000 square feet and will be used as a creative hub for workshops, art displays, conferences, parties, pop-up shops, learning labs, and much more. It’s going to be a community hot-spot in the months and years to come.

The beautiful building has incredible natural lighting thanks to myriad windows and a long skylight, as well as a little garden space outside that could also be used by the public. These are the kind of community hubs that can bring people together and be ground zero to some incredible creative visions. If you’d like to know more about how you can use the space, head to this link and get in touch with the Small Arms Society! Mississauga is about to get a lot more creative!