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Ionia Armory Community Center (Ionia Armory)

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Ionia Armory
1908–1909, Edwyn A. Bowd. 439 W. Main St.

A two-story, fortress-like rectangular block fronts the large drill hall of the brick Romanesque Revival armory. A heavy corbeled cornice and turret, and a corbeled tower, its uppermost portion now gone, project from the building. The central entrance and upper windows are recessed within segmental arches. Lansing architect Bowd designed the Ionia Armory to meet the requirements of a post-1900 armory: a civilian as well as a military facility, home of the National Guard, a coliseum, an auditorium, and a community center. The Ionia Armory was the first to be built under a Michigan law providing for the state to furnish a part of the funds and the citizens of Ionia the balance. Today the City of Ionia's Department of Parks and Recreation uses the Ionia Armory as a recreation center for classes and community events.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Ionia Armory Community Center (Ionia Armory)", [Ionia, 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, 266-266.

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