State Arsenal (Providence, Rhode Island)
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|Location||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||April 28, 1970|
The State Arsenal (commonly called the Benefit Street Arsenal) is a historic site at 176 Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
The site was built in 1839 by Russell Warren and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. REVISION- "The Historic Armories of Rhode Island" lists the designer as James C. Buckland, no mention of Russell Warren.
In the 19th Century the Arsenal was used as the armory of the Providence Marine Corps of Artillery (PMCA) and associated artillery units in the Rhode Island Militia and was used as the moblization site for 10 batteries of light artillery which were raised in Rhode Island during the American Civil War.
In addition to the PMCA the Arsenal was used by a number of organizations including the Grand Army of the Republic, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and United Spanish War Veterans. In the 1980s the Arsenal was in use by the Rhode Island National Guard's Education, Historical and Equal Opportunity offices.
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