New York's Historic Armories

New York's Historic Armories

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Chronicles the evolution of the armory as a specific building type in American architectural and military history, and the role these buildings played in the history of Americaa€™s volunteer militia New Yorka€™s Army National Guard armories are among the most imposing monuments to the role of the citizen soldier in American military history. In New Yorka€™s Historic Armories, Nancy L. Todd draws on archival research as well as historic and contemporary photographs and drawings to trace the evolution of the armory as a specific building type in American architectural and military history. The result of a ten-year collaboration between the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, this illustrated history presents information on all known armories in the state as well as the units associated with them, and will serve as a valuable reference for readers interested in general, military, and architectural history. Built to house local units of the statea€™s volunteer militia, armories served as arms storage facilities, clubhouses for the militiamen, and civic monuments symbolizing New Yorka€™s determination to preserve domestic law and order through military might. Approximately 120 armories were built in New York State from the late eighteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, and most date from the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when the National Guard was Americaa€™s primary domestic peacekeeper during the posta€“Civil War era of labor-capital unrest. Together, New Yorka€™s armories chronicle the history of the volunteer militia, from its emergence during the early Republican Era, through its heyday during the Gilded Age as the backbone of the American military system, to its early twentieth-century role as the nationa€™s primary armed reserve force.Closer to home, the National Guard continues to serve as domestic peacekeepers and disaster relief aides, from suppressing rioters to ... embellishment, and none feature the luxurious interior appointments a€” such as elegant lounges, libraries or company meeting rooms a€” that ... out-of-doors, particularly at the several expansive state training grounds in Youngstown, Newark, Guilderland and Peekskill.

Title:New York's Historic Armories
Author: Nancy L. Todd
Publisher:SUNY Press -

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