Gettysburg Armory

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Gettysburg Armory
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Gettysburg Armory, November 2010
Gettysburg Armory is located in Pennsylvania
Gettysburg Armory
Gettysburg Armory is located in the US
Gettysburg Armory
Location 315 West Confederate Avenue, Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°49′37″N 77°14′38″W / 39.82694°N 77.24389°W / 39.82694; -77.24389Coordinates: 39°49′37″N 77°14′38″W / 39.82694°N 77.24389°W / 39.82694; -77.24389
Area 3.9 acres (1.6 ha)
Built January 10-August 26, 1938
Architect John B. Hamme
Architectural style Art Deco
MPS PA National Guard Armories
NRHP Reference # 90000422[1]
Added to NRHP April 18, 1990

The Gettysburg Armory is a former National Guard armory located at Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. The 61x96 ft (44 ft high) Art Deco facility was constructed as a $43,331 Works Projects Administration project[2] for the local National Guard unit (commanded by Lt Ralph C. Deitrick in 1933).[1][3] The two story building housed a garage and repair shop for military vehicles, a classroom, administrative space, and a drill hall.[4] From the beginning, the Armory was used not only by the National Guard, but also by the local community, for sporting events and community meetings.[5] In 1944, the Gettysburg Armory was used as a temporary German Prisoner of War camp while the official camp was being constructed on the Gettysburg Battlefield.[6] Later the building was designated as a public fallout shelter by the National Fallout Shelter Survey.

In 2010, the building was vacated by Battery B, 1/108th Field Artillery after a new readiness center was constructed in South Mountain.[7] In 2013, the Armory was transferred to the private sector by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.[8]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Gettysburg Armory, New Home of N. G. Unit, Will Be Finished August 26" (Google News Archives). The Star and Sentinel. August 20, 1938. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Kristine M. Wilson (August 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Gettysburg Armory" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Building of $48,000 Armory to Start Jan. 10". Gettysburg Star and Sentinel. Jan 1, 1938. 
  5. ^ "$40,000 Armory to Be Built on Confederate Avenue; Civic Center". Gettysburg Compiler. May 15, 1937. 
  6. ^ "Out of the Past: 50 Years Ago" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Times. June 29, 1995. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  7. ^ Barnes III, Roscoe (January 26, 2010). "Gettysburg artillery company getting new home in South Mountain". Chambersburg, Pennsylvania: Public Opinion. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  8. ^ "A new future for Gettysburg's Armory". Retrieved 8 October 2014.