Sepia Saturday - Armory Arch


The Salem Armory was located on Essex Street next to what is now the Plummer Hall, part of the Peabody Essex Museum. In 1982 the head house burned leaving nothing but a shell. In 2000 the shell was in such disrepair it had to be torn down to make way for a new park.

The "drill shed," the back part of the armory, became the headquarters for the National Park Service Regional Visitors Center. The main entrance arch was saved and placed in it's original position to create an entrance for the park. The carved concrete sign above the door, seen in the second photo, was also saved and was placed on the facade of the drill shed.

Note: Bike chained to tree
(lower left)
The Second Corp of Cadets and the 8th Regiment where the two military units that occupied the old armory. Those units have served in every US military action to date in one form or another. The 2nd photo looks like World War I era soldiers "lounging" around the entrance to the head house. Also the flag near the stairs shows that this must have been a center for the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
Photos: CrazyasaCoolFox
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