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    Historic Armories

    Looking for information on historic Armories, especially in Ohio. Any info on economic reuses for old armories as well as any other relevant data would be appreciated.

    We are also looking into nominating this Armory to the National Register of Historic Places. Has anyone here been involved with nominating these types of properties and if so, was the armory in question renovated through Historic Tax Credit Rehabilitation Funds?

    Our city is in the process of acquiring the Naval Armory below. It was built ca 1934 as a WPA project.

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    Wow - that is a great looking building. The only armoury reuse I can think of is in London, Ontario - they turned it into a Delta Hotel

    Here's a link: http://www.londontoday.net/photo/tra...-tv0003l.shtml

    Most old armouries around here have either been torn down, or are still in use as military facilities...

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    Bonus points for anyone guessing what the sailors are tell you!

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    The Cranston St. Armory is a big one that Providence has been trying to deal with. There was a proposal a few years ago to convert it into a movie studio - the extra heavy floors and large space are well suited to film equipment. That didn't seem to go anywhere.

    This describes the site.

    http://www.cr.nps.gov/habshaer/habs/abscrans.htm

    This is an old picture of the block I lived on as a toddler - the house may have been demolished by the time it was taken.

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    One more try...

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    Originally posted by El Guapo
    Bonus points for anyone guessing what the sailors are tell you!
    OK, I was bored.

    "US Naval Armory"

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    Philadelphia turned an old National Guard Armory into "The Electric Factory." A huge open arena for concerts.

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    Our Old Armory is now a community building. We are planning some accessibility and related improvements so that in addition to the large gym floor, there is/will be a dance studio, woodworking and ceramics shops, youth center, classrooms, food pantry, and other uses.

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    Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin is in the process of reusing their armory. Sorry no pic, but you might want to look up their manager.

    http://www.village.whitefish-bay.wi.us/

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    Here's the one in Coldwater. It is being used for offices. They owner rehabbed it about 8-10 years ago and didn't use any tax credits.

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    We renovated one in Chicago and it's being used as a military high school. It's called the Bronzeville Armory and was a local success - provided a community benefit and re-used a historically significant building.

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    We have this complex called the Arsenal (not an Armory, but I'm not sure what's the difference) in Watertown, MA, where I live that was recently purchased by Harvard and redeveloped into lab space and offices. There was a contentious dispute between Watertown and Harvard over the loss of potential tax revenue from the site, but now that's settled and Harvard has already moved in. They took a really creepy, decrepit space and gave it some life.

    Here's an article: http://www.harvard-magazine.com/arch...01_jhj_09.html

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    rmory adaptive reuse

    Lafayette, IN has an old armory that was turned into rental apartments. The basement area was once used for storing vehicles and now is a handy parking garage for residents. You might contact the architects at http://www.hlmohler.com/ for more information. This is a really great project.

    Ann Arbor, MI also has an old armory that was turned into condos.


    The armory in Harrodsburg, KY is used as the main YMCA facility. I don't know anything about it, and it seems to be somewhat poorly kept up.


    Sorry for the lack of specifics.

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