Bellefonte Armories

Name of Armory (location): Bellefonte Readiness Center
   
Secondary/Traditional
Names of Armory:
Bellefonte Armory
   
Year Built: 1930
   
Architect/Builder:  
   
Construction Costs:  
   
County of Construction: Centre
   
Mailing Address: 1081 Zion Road
Bellefonte, PA 16823
   
GPS Coordinates:  
   
Square Footage of Armory: 2860.00
   
Size of Land and Rack: 7.80 Acres
   
Current Units in Armory:

Co C (-), 2-112th
INF CO E 112 IN BN 02

   
Past Units in Armory:  
   
History:

 

   

 


Photo by Seth Gaines

Name of Armory (location): Bellefonte Armory
   
Secondary/Traditional
Names of Armory:
Bellefonte Armory
   
Year Built: 1930
   
Architect/Builder:  
   
Construction Costs:  
   
County of Construction: Centre
   
Mailing Address: East Bishop Street
PA Route 550 East
Bellefonte, PA 16823
   
GPS Coordinates:  
   
Square Footage of Armory:  
   
Size of Land and Rack:  
   
Current Units in Armory:

 

   
Past Units in Armory: Co C (-), 2-112th INF, Troop L, 103rd Calvary Unit
   
History:

The armory is constructed in the Colonial Revival architectural style and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was built for Troop L, 103rd Calvary Unit in 1930. It is one of 15 armories built for Pennsylvania National Guard units having horses and one of four having a separate administration and stable building. It was designed by Joseph H. Kuntz of Pittsburg. Kuntz began designing armories with the W. G. Wilkens Company right after the creation of the State Armory Board in 1905.

The admisistaration building contains a dining room, a classroom, offices and storage. The stable building contains stall areas and hay and feed storage.

The first armory in Bellefonte was on the corner of North Spring Street and West Lamb Streets. It was built in 1894 by Col. W Fred Reynolds, and turned over to the local National Guard.  It was the largest National Guard Armory in Pennsylvania at the time.

This armory was purchased for $20,000 as an armory for the Company B, 5th Infantry.

*History from the US Dept of the Interior National Parks Service, the Adjuct General's Report and Bellefonte Historial and Cultural Association.

   
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