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Seattle Field Artillery Amory (1939)

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posted by alias A.Davey on Tuesday 14th of November 2017 08:04:24 PM

In his article "National Guard Armories in Washington," Duane Colt Denfeld, Ph.D writes: Seattle Field Artillery Armory, became the largest Seattle armory. In 1939 architect and engineer Arrigo M. Young (1884-1954) designed the four-story building, located on what later became the Seattle Center grounds, in Art Moderne style. The PWA assisted with the building cost of $1.25 million. Governor Clarence D. Martin (1886-1955) spoke at the April 16, 1939, dedication. The 146th Field Artillery trained at the armory. The building was the venue for the 1941 University of Washington junior prom with Duke Ellington (1899-1974) performing. During World War II, the armory was remodeled to provide 500 beds for servicemen visiting Seattle. The improvements included additional restrooms, showers, and air conditioning. In addition, the Women's Ambulance Corps and civilian medical units trained there during the war. The Civilian Protection unit had its headquarters in the building. The protection unit acted as a clearinghouse for enemy-aircraft warning information. Reports were received there and alerts issued through an alarm system if unknown aircraft were detected. In 1962 the armory building was converted into the Food Circus for the Century 21 Seattle World's Fair. An integral part of Seattle Center on the former fairgrounds, the Food Circus was renovated in the early 1970s and renamed the Center House. In 1985 the Children's Museum moved into a portion of the building. The building received a major upgrade in 1995 that included adding a stage and space for public events. A 2012 name change to Seattle Center Armory reflected the building's early history. www.historylink.org/File/10452

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