The former armory is representative of the once-popular medieval-inspired design for such buildings. The castle-like forms suggest strength and security consistent with military training. The brick structure consists of two stories and a full basement, and enlarged buttress piers emphasize the building’s corners and structural bays. The crenellated parapet on the front (west) and rear has been removed. A prominent, heavily machicolated turret is a distinctive feature in comparison to most North Dakota armories from around the time of World War I. Colored brick forms a semicircular arch above the two main entrances and above the windows to form a small entablature. Inside, wooden roof trusses span the large drill hall. The building is maintained by a local nonprofit for use as a banquet, reception, and meeting hall.
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Williston Old Armory
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