The Blairsville Armory's main purpose was to serve as a meeting, training, and storage place for the B Node 43 of the Twenty-eighth Signal Battalion of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Its broader goal, like that of the other armories in the commonwealth, was to protect the citizens and property of Pennsylvania. The stone building has a floor plan that was the standard for armories built between 1879 and 1938: basically a T shape with two stories of administrative offices in the front and a drill hall that was lit by a clerestory behind. The Wilkins company designed a number of armories in the western half of the commonwealth, and Joseph Kuntz was the architect in charge of armory commissions for the firm. Kuntz specialized in office buildings, armories, railway stations, and gas stations. He also designed Linden Hall ( FA22), a large estate in Fayette County.
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