New York State Armory, Poughkeepsie

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New York State Armory

 

The Company A, 101st Signal Battalion of the New York Army National Guard makes its home in this Romanesque building. The New York State Armory’s two-and-a-half-story construction of brick and

rustic sandstone was designed by Isaac G. Perry and stands in 61-65 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, New York.

 

The Armory is visible through traffic from the west via the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Inside, the interiors of old are still well preserved. Oak lockers, floors, staircases and the original metal pressed ceilings and light fixtures can still be seen, evocative of the era it was first made. Its residents, the 101st Signal Battalion, traces its roots back to the American Civil War and is known to have participated in numerous historical campaigns such as the Battle of Bull Run, Fredricksburg, Gettysburg the Wilderness and much more. 

 

Governor David Hill graced the cornerstone laying during the 1891 Memorial Day. He spoke of the significance of establishing and maintaining state-level military facilities as well as the importance of the Guard that manned them. The New York State Armory has also been host to a variety of events. It is

said that the US 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt celebrated his birthday in the vaunted halls of

the Armory. He was a resident of nearby Hyde Park. In 1982 the New York State Armory was added to the list of Historic Places in the United States.

 
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