State Arsenal (Providence, Rhode Island)

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State Arsenal
Benefit St Arsenal.jpg
State Arsenal (Providence, Rhode Island) is located in Rhode Island
State Arsenal (Providence, Rhode Island)
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′42″N 71°24′32″W / 41.82833°N 71.40889°W / 41.82833; -71.40889Coordinates: 41°49′42″N 71°24′32″W / 41.82833°N 71.40889°W / 41.82833; -71.40889
Built 1839
Architect Russell Warren, Tallman & Bucklin
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000003 [1]
Added to NRHP April 28, 1970

The State Arsenal (commonly called the Benefit Street Arsenal) is a historic armory building at 176 Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode Island.

The arsenal was designed in 1839 by Russell Warren[2] and built by Tallman & Bucklin, all of Providence.[3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

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 mobilization 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.

As of 2008 the arsenal was in use as the location for the annual presentation of the Order of St. Barbara by units of the 103d Field Artillery Regiment.

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