Montana State Arsenal, Armory and Drill Hall - Helena, MT
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N 46° 35.902 W 112° 01.923
12T E 420952 N 5161051
Quick Description: Completed in 1942 with WPA labor, its clean lines and square pilasters in a stepped motif are classic Art Deco style elements.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 7:06:25 AM
Waymark Code: WM78NN
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
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Long Description:
In 1885 the Montana Territorial Legilature authorized the organization of the National Guard. Within three years its nine companies were headquartered in the territorial capital at Helena. Since that time Montana Guard personnel have been called up for State Active Duty to assist with riots, strikes, natural disasters, law enforcement, search and rescue and other emergencies. Montana citizen soldiers mustered into federal service for military actions including the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Philippine Insurrection in 1899, WWI France, throughout WWII's Pacific Theatre, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, the Persian Gulf War, Bosnia, Kuwait, and Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

After earthquakes destroyed the old 1890s armory, Helena architect Norman DeKay designed this facility of poured concrete and steel. The interior included garage space for 70 trucks, US Army supply storage areas, a rifle range, and a 73x102-foot drill hall. The unique drill hall floor was constructed of hand laid two-by-fours set on end 18 inches deep in a contrasting desgin so that vehicles could be driven on its surface. Since WWII, the drill hall served as a community social center, dance hall, and sports facility. In December 2001, the Montana National Guard headquarters relocated from this site, but the landmark building continues to be a bold reminder of the Montana National Guard's contributions both at home and abroad.
Style: Art Deco

Structure Type: Government

Architect: Norman DeKay

Date Built: 1942

Supporting references: Not listed

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