The 8th building of the day for Archtober, the third annual-month long festival of Architecture in New York, is a huge historic brick building in the Upper East Side, the The Park Avenue Armory. The Armory, which used to be the headquarters of the 7th New York Militia that had members of the city’s social elite, is now a unique alternative arts space that displays unconventional works of art.
Designed by architect Charles Clinton in 1880, the building occupies an entire block in the UES. Its rooms are known to be very detailed with ornamental hand-carved woodwork, marble and stained glass.
The Park Avenue Armory was designed in Gothic Revival style and has a reception room, a library (known as the Silver Room), veteran’s room, and staff offices. The building has a masterpiece room, which is the Veteran’s room (also know as the Tiffany Room). Spectacularly fancy and well-designed. The grandiose lobby has a huge staircase and portraits of men of the Army.
The Park Avenue Armory has a partnership with the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design from Brooklyn, which is a college preparatory school that provides quality education in the field of Architecture, Engineerimg and city planning. WHSAD is the only school in the nation to have a Historic Preservation Program. So many interesting features in a single place!
Beautiful from inside and out, The Park Avenue Armory sounds like a great place to keep an eye out for future cultural events. It will definitely be a great night of arts and beautiful architecture.
Check out our archive for more notable structures in honor of Archtober.
What do you think of the Park Avenue Armory?
Photos via Armory on Park