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Historic Buildings of Bristol: Bristol Armory

Former Bristol Armory

By 1927, community leaders in Bristol had long lobbied the state to build an armory for the city’s National Guard units, which had been utilizing inadequate rented facilities.

That year, armory supporters finally acquired funding and hired Payne & Keefe of New London to design an armory at 61 Center Street.

Opened in 1928, the Bristol Armory is a Military Gothic style building that faces the intersection of Center and Valley Streets. An unusual feature is that the Armory’s drill shed floor is on the second level of the building.

In 1978 a military museum opened in the building. The museum moved to the Bristol Historical Society building in 2008.

More recently the state has sought to sell the building.

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