1909 postcard of the armory
|Location||12 E. State St., Media, Pennsylvania|
|Area||0.4 acres (0.16 ha)|
|Architect||Price & McLanahan|
|Architectural style||Late Gothic Revival|
|MPS||Pennsylvania National Guard Armories MPS|
|NRHP reference #||89002077|
|Added to NRHP||December 22, 1989|
The original building was designed by Will Price and M H. McLanahan in 1908 as the Armory for Company H of the 6th Infantry Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The 2 story structure is primarily constructed of stone and steel and has a basement. The "structure's intended military use is expressed by its heavily buttressed walls, broken battlements, and low flanking towers," according to a plaque affixed to the building by the Media Borough Council in 1984. Company H served in Mexican Border Expedition, and re-designated as Company H, 111th Infantry, 28th Infantry Division, in France in World War I, and as Company M, in the South Pacific in World War II.
The armory was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1989.
The entire building was renovated and restored in 2004. The upper level was converted to retail space and is currently occupied by the grocery store chain, Trader Joe's. Solar panels were added on the roof at that time.
Pennsylvania Veterans Museum
The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum opened in 2005 on Veterans Day in the basement level of the building. Exhibits include dioramas of the D-Day invasion and the Korean War, a mini-movie theater, military uniforms, weapons, photographs and oral histories of veterans' experiences.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- "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: Media Armory" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- "TJ's Media (637)". Retrieved February 8, 2017.
- About Us webpage. Pennsylvania Veterans Museum website. Retrieved 2010-09-26.