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Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Armory

1936

 
 
The Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 26, 2016
1. The Armory Marker
Inscription. Built as a federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, the Armory is located on the former Blacksburg Public School Campus, where the local elementary and high schools originally stood. This building served as a National Guard armory and then as an auditorium for the second Blacksburg High School which was built in 1916 and currently still stands behind the Armory.

The Armory was built with high ceilings, allowing excellent natural light, and includes a prominent l,700-square-foot mezzanine. Until the 1960s, the building was used as a community center, a gymnasium, an arena for sporting events, and a place for public meetings and high school dances. Photo from "Blacksburg Understanding a Virginia Town, Town Architecture" Donna Dunway, 1986.

(caption) The Armory Building ca. 1986
 
Location. 37° 13.763′ N, 80° 24.94′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Draper Road NW and Jackson Street NW, on the right when traveling south on Draper Road NW. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 Draper Rd NW, Blacksburg VA 24061, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Black (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Frank Henderson
The Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 26, 2016
2. The Armory Marker
(about 500 feet away); The Cellar Building (about 600 feet away); Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Houston Squires (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carol Montgomery Newman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paul Ernest Torgersen (approx. mile away); Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 26, 2016.
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