New York State Armory (Poughkeepsie)

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New York State Armory
New York State Armory, Poughkeepsie, NY.jpg
Armory in 2007, with sign for neighboring restaurant visible
Location Poughkeepsie, NY
Coordinates 41°42′07″N 73°55′45″W / 41.70194°N 73.92917°W / 41.70194; -73.92917Coordinates: 41°42′07″N 73°55′45″W / 41.70194°N 73.92917°W / 41.70194; -73.92917
Built 1891–92
Architect Isaac G. Perry
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 82001154
Added to NRHP 1982

The New York State Armory is in Poughkeepsie, New York. Built in 1891, it is a Romanesque building designed by Isaac G. Perry, then the New York State Architect, who also designed the state capitol and 26 other armories.[1] In 1982 the Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2012 it was sold to the Greater New York Seventh-Day Adventists Church in a public auction and is planned for community programs and recreation.[2][3]

Located at the junction of Church (eastbound US 44/NY 55) and Market streets downtown, it is across from the Old YMCA. It is a two-and-a-half-story structure made of brick and rusticated sandstone, visible to traffic entering Poughkeepsie from the west via the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Its interior features, such as oak lockers, staircases and floors, are well-preserved. It also retains the original pressed metal ceilings and light fixtures.[1]

Governor David Hill attended the cornerstone laying on Memorial Day (then called Decoration Day) in 1891, and spoke of the importance of maintaining state-level military facilities and the respectability conferred by service in the Guard.[4] The armory was completed the following year.[5]

Troops were later deployed from here to the Spanish–American War and both 20th-century world wars. It has been host to a variety of events from basketball tournaments to birthday parties for Franklin D. Roosevelt, a resident of nearby Hyde Park.[1] The Company A, 101st Signal Battalion of the New York Army National Guard were stationed in the Armory, however, in 2011 the National Guard moved the remaining 200 soldiers stationed there to Camp Smith down the Hudson River near Peekskill.[5]

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