Hunt Armory

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Hunt Armory
Hunt Armory
Hunt Armory is located in Pittsburgh
Hunt Armory
Hunt Armory is located in Pennsylvania
Hunt Armory
Hunt Armory is located in the US
Hunt Armory
Location324 Emerson Street, Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nearest cityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°27′20.92″N 79°55′25.19″W / 40.4558111°N 79.9236639°W / 40.4558111; -79.9236639Coordinates: 40°27′20.92″N 79°55′25.19″W / 40.4558111°N 79.9236639°W / 40.4558111; -79.9236639
Built byDawson Construction Co.
ArchitectW.G. Wilkins Co.
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference #91001697[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 14, 1991

Hunt Armory (also known as Pittsburgh Armory) is an armory located at 324 Emerson Street in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was designed by Pittsburgh architects W.G. Wilkins Co.. Announced on August 29, 1909 and budgeted at $450,000 ($12.3 million in present-day terms) it was completed by 1916. The armory was named after Spanish–American War hero, metallurgist, and industrialist Captain Alfred E. Hunt (1855–1899), best known for founding the company that would eventually become Alcoa, the world's largest producer and distributor of aluminum. The Hunt Armory occupies an entire city block covering an area of 56,000 square feet (5,200 m2), also reported as 1.84 acres.[2]

For many years, it was used (along with the Syria Mosque) as the city's main auditorium. Until the Pittsburgh Civic Arena was completed in 1961, the Hunt Armory was the largest auditorium in Pittsburgh and was frequently the host for concerts and political events including:

In 1952, the venue launched the "Pittsburgh crusades" of the Reverend Billy Graham.[5]

Although superseded in size in 1961, the Armory remains in use.[5]

It hosted the Handmade Arcade.[6]

The Armory is closed for military use. Historically appropriate redevelopment is planned[7] under the City's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Hunt Armory has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since November 14, 1991. It received City of Pittsburgh historic landmark status on February 25, 2014.[8]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2013-09-14.
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Roy A Hunt Foundation". Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  6. ^ Gormly, Kellie B. (November 8, 2008). "Handmade Arcade offers distinctive crafts". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-21. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  8. ^ "Hunt Armory in Shadyside gets historic status". Archived from the original on 30 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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