Naval Reserve Armory

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Naval Reserve Armory
NavalReserveArmory LakeUnionPark fromSpaceNeedle 2003or2007.jpg
Naval Reserve Armory and Lake Union Park, viewed from Space Needle
Naval Reserve Armory is located in Washington (state)
Naval Reserve Armory
Location860 Terry Avenue North, Seattle, Washington
Coordinates47°37′46″N 122°20′12″W / 47.62944°N 122.33667°W / 47.62944; -122.33667Coordinates: 47°37′46″N 122°20′12″W / 47.62944°N 122.33667°W / 47.62944; -122.33667
Area1.42 acres (5,700 m2)[2]
ArchitectB. Marcus Priteca, William R. Grant
Architectural styleModerne, Art Deco
NRHP reference #09000506[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 8, 2009[3]

The Naval Reserve Armory in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, Washington "is a massive concrete building exhibiting restrained Moderne and Art Deco features".[2] It was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1941–1942, and "served as an Advanced Naval Training School" during World War II. The main interior feature is a 133 x 100-foot (30 m) drill hall which was used in Naval Reserve training of thousands of young recruits for service in the war.[2] It is significant for its association with mass mobilization during the World War, for association with Depression-era work relief, and more.[2]

The building was designed by Seattle architect William R. Grant and by B. Marcus Priteca, with Priteca apparently in the lead position. Its construction was promoted by a citizens committee, then was delayed by fears it would be a white elephant, but eventually politicians endorsed and promoted the project, and it secured a $99,997 WPA grant. Later a $69,983 increase was granted, and the project was also funded by $6,399 from the State of Washington and $14,204 from, perhaps uncharacteristically, the University of Washington.[2]

It cost $500,000 to construct the building. It was dedicated on July 4, 1942, a "grim summer" point during the war, at a ceremony with honored guest Mrs. Peter Barber, whose three sons had been killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.[2]

The armory was decommissioned after the war, but got renovation funding in 1946. It was disestablished in 1998. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on July 8, 2009 and the listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of July 17, 2009.[4] In 2009, the building is in good condition.[2]

In 2012, the armory underwent a major renovation and is now home to Seattle's Museum of History and Industry [5] It is located in what is now the Lake Union Park, at the south end of Lake Union, a lake connected to the Puget Sound by the Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1917. An earlier use of the site was for the Eastern Mill, a sawmill.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Sonja Sokol Furesz and Susan Boyle (March 4, 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Naval Reserve Armory" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved September 10, 2009. (64 pages, with maps, plans, historic photos, and 16 recent exterior and interior photos)
  3. ^ "Announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places". Weekly Listings. National Park Service. July 17, 2009. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
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