Armory of the First Corps of Cadets

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Armory of the First Corps of Cadets
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Armory of the First Corps of Cadets is located in Boston
Armory of the First Corps of Cadets
Armory of the First Corps of Cadets is located in Massachusetts
Armory of the First Corps of Cadets
Armory of the First Corps of Cadets is located in the United States
Armory of the First Corps of Cadets
LocationBoston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°20′58.83″N 71°4′12.05″W / 42.3496750°N 71.0700139°W / 42.3496750; -71.0700139Coordinates: 42°20′58.83″N 71°4′12.05″W / 42.3496750°N 71.0700139°W / 42.3496750; -71.0700139
Built1897
ArchitectWilliam Gibbons Preston
Architectural styleLate Victorian
NRHP reference No.73000314[1]
Added to NRHPMay 22, 1973

The Armory of the First Corps of Cadets (now known as The Saunders Castle) is an event and exhibition venue in Boston's Back Bay. The building is a historic armory at 101 Arlington Street and 130 Columbus Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. The four-story granite structure was designed by William Gibbons Preston, built beginning in 1891 and completed in 1897. Due to political unrest during the period, the building was designed to withstand mob violence. Its distinctive features include a six-story hexagonal tower, numerous turrets, a drawbridge, a moat, and beautiful touches including a carved, winged dragon.

The structure is built of masonry granite and steel, in the Romanesque Revival style.[2] The building's staircases are built by the Guastavino system, as are some tower vaults.[3]

In the late 1960s, the University of Massachusetts Boston leased the building and converted it into the university's first library.[4] The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973[1] and designated as a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1977.

The building is now called The Saunders Castle at Park Plaza and is available for a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Saunders Real Estate is the property's exclusive leasing and managing agent.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Armory of the First Corps of Cadets". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  3. ^ Ohlendorf, John. "First Corps of Cadets Armory". Guastavino.net. MIT. Archived from the original on 2015-08-23. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  4. ^ Feldberg, Michael (2015). UMass Boston at 50: A Fiftieth-Anniversary History of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press. p. 49. ISBN 978-1625341693.

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