Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot

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Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot
Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot.jpg
Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot is located in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot
Location 2724 South 20th Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°54′59″N 75°10′57″W / 39.91639°N 75.18250°W / 39.91639; -75.18250Coordinates: 39°54′59″N 75°10′57″W / 39.91639°N 75.18250°W / 39.91639; -75.18250
Architect Wark and Company, The Ballinger Company
Architectural style Art Deco
NRHP reference # 09001212[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 26, 2010
Designated PHMC June 10, 2004[2]

The Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, now known as the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, was founded as the Schuylkill Arsenal in 1799.


The Schuylkill Arsenal was built in 1800 to function as a quartermaster and provide the U.S. military with supplies.[3] One of its most famous tasks was outfitting the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It was the third federal facility in the young nation.[4]

The arsenal made clothing and flags for all the military's needs for the next 150 years.[5]

In 1926 the Schuylkill Arsenal was renamed the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot. The original site at Grays Ferry Avenue and Washington Avenue was closed and the site was razed in 1963. The functions of the Quartermaster Depot were all moved to West Oregon Avenue & South 22nd Street

In 1965 the operation was reorganized into the Defense Personnel Support Center. In 1993 the government closed the textile factory and moved the remaining part of the South Philadelphia operation to the Naval Support Station in Northeast Philadelphia. It was renamed the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) in 1998,[3][6] and was renamed Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, or DLA Troop Support, in 2010.

The Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot consists of eleven extant buildings built between 1939 and 1942. The buildings are of varying heights and sizes, but are consistently clad in tan or brown brick and are in the Art Deco-style.[7]

The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/25/10 through 1/29/10. National Park Service. 2010-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Schuylkill Arsenal - PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b historical lewis and clark vasco at
  4. ^ Schuylkill Arsenal « THE NECESSITY FOR RUINS
  5. ^ Flag Making at the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot
  6. ^ Defense Supply Center Philadelphia
  7. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Logan McClintic Smith (December 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.