Amsterdam Castle

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Amsterdam (46th Separate Company) Armory
Amsterdam Armory - Stormy.jpg
Southside of Amsterdam Armory
Amsterdam Castle is located in New York
Amsterdam Castle
Amsterdam Castle is located in the US
Amsterdam Castle
Location Jct. of Florida Ave. and Dewitt St., SW corner, Amsterdam, New York
Coordinates 42°55′58″N 74°11′59″W / 42.93278°N 74.19972°W / 42.93278; -74.19972Coordinates: 42°55′58″N 74°11′59″W / 42.93278°N 74.19972°W / 42.93278; -74.19972
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1895
Architect Perry, Isaac
Architectural style Late Victorian, Castellated
MPS Army National Guard Armories in New York State MPS
NRHP Reference # 94000658[1]
Added to NRHP July 1, 1994

Amsterdam Castle, also known as the Amsterdam Armory, was built in 1895 by Isaac G. Perry, and is a former National Guard Armory located in Amsterdam, NY.[2] Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[3][4] Amsterdam Castle was decommissioned in 1994, and purchased by the Diana family from the State of New York in 1995. In 2005 the Phemister family purchased the building, and continued the extensive renovation, utilizing green building techniques and energy efficient heat zoning in addition to creating a new residence wing, a billiard room and three new bathrooms. The property is currently in use as a private residence, bed and breakfast and distribution facility. Of the 100 armories built in New York at the turn of the century, only several dozen are still in use as active armories, and Amsterdam Castle is the only armory converted into a private residence.


Amsterdam Castle is a total of 36,000 sq ft (3,300 m2) and has 50 rooms, including a 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) gymnasium, a rifle range, a fallout shelter and a tank garage. Originally constructed with 18" brick walls, the Phemister family's extensive renovations rebuilt the interior with separate environmentally friendly building materials including low-volatile organic compound paint and repurposed wood. In 2012, the Preservation League of NY awarded the Susan & Manfred Phemister their Excellence in Historic Preservation Award.



  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ New York's Historic Armories: An Illustrated History (ISBN 0791469115)
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places Listing
  4. ^ Arsenals and Armories by Location (pdf) Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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