This prominent downtown landmark was built for the Mena National Guard Unit, federally recognized in 1921 as Battery D, 142nd Field Artillery, 5th Arkansas Infantry. The 70 × 125–foot two-story rectangular stone building served as storage for ordinance and a site for drills and community events. Dominating the two-story flat-roofed front section containing the offices is a projecting central entrance bay with castellated stone parapet. Vertical panels articulating the five-bay facade resemble buttresses, reflecting the national predilection for vaguely medieval castellated forms for armories. The gambrel-roofed rear one-story wing containing the drill hall is articulated by long, narrow windows separated by buttresses, while overhead curving brackets sweep along the eaves. The boxy outlines of the armory render it uninteresting when seen from afar, but the rough, random fieldstone walls reward a closer look with a myriad of visual delights of earth tones and textures. In 2004, Rich Mountain Community College purchased the armory and restored it as a venue for special events.
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Historic National Guard Armory
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