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Iron Building (Watervliet Arsenal)

Coordinates: 42°43′06″N 73°42′31″W / 42.71833°N 73.70861°W / 42.71833; -73.70861
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Iron Building
LocationBuilding 38
Watervliet Arsenal
Watervliet, New York
Coordinates42°43′06″N 73°42′31″W / 42.71833°N 73.70861°W / 42.71833; -73.70861
Part ofWatervliet Arsenal (ID66000503)
Museum interior

The Iron Building is a historic building at the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, New York. It housed the Watervliet Arsenal Museum until it was closed in fall 2013 for security reasons. Despite the support of the city government and the Watervliet Historical Society for a reopening, the U.S. Army Center of Military History decided it would not be possible to continue allowing public access to the museum within a secure military base.[2]

The Iron Building was built in 1859 and is "an outstanding example" of pre-fabricated cast iron construction. It is also the only building at the Arsenal to have a strong degree of Italianate styling.[1]: 6 

The building was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1983.


Architectural Iron Works of New York constructed the prefabricated cast iron structure.[3]


  1. ^ a b Robert W. Craig and Lauren Archibald (October 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Watervliet Arsenal" (pdf). National Park Service. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying 23 photos, from 1984-1985, 1870, and 1875 (Photo #7 shows Building 38 in 1984) (4.77 MiB)
  2. ^ Crowe, Kenneth (8 August 2014). "Plans dropped for revamped Watervliet Arsenal Museum". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  3. ^ Historic Structures website. "Watervliet Arsenal Cast-iron Storehouse, Watervliet New York". Retrieved on October 21, 2010.