Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NRHP: State Armory - Springfield, MA

National Register of Historic Places
State Armory
Springfield, MA

N 42° 05.946 W 072° 35.196

Short Description: 

The State Armory in Springfield is located on 29 Howard Street.

Long Description:

The State Armory was designed by Robert Wait and Amos Porter Cutting, the architectural team that designed many State Armories throughout Massachusetts. The construction was supervised by the firm of Pyne and Gardner. Eugene C. Gardner, was a nationally known author of books on architecture. It was built in 1895 in late Victorian, Romanesque Revival style to resemble a castle.

The Armory was first used to train troops for the Spanish American War in 1898. It continued in this function through WWII. At present the Armory serves as a neighborhood community center. The area sustained severe damage in a tornado that struck Springfield on June 1, 2011 and is now closed pending repairs.

Street address: 
29 Howard Street
Springfield, MA United States

County / Borough / Parish: Hampden

Year listed: 1976

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture

Periods of significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899

Historic function: Defense

Current function: Defense, Social

Privately owned?: no

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