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National Guard Armory (Memorial Hall)

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Memorial Hall
1919–1922, Aaron H. Gould and Son. 201 Water St.

This enormous concrete building, one of the largest in northern Michigan, was constructed during an era of immense civic optimism, economic prosperity, and vision of the ideal city. Memorial Hall was funded by the county's citizens as a memorial to World War I veterans. Gould and Son planned it with a gymnasium, auditorium, and meeting rooms for use by veterans groups, boys clubs, and other civic organizations. Its seven-part composition with coupled Doric pilasters between the giant arched window openings adheres to a rigid symmetry. The building's cement was donated by the Huron Portland Cement Company. The State of Michigan acquired the hall in 1959 for use by the National Guard.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "National Guard Armory (Memorial Hall)", [Alpena, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 462-462.

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