Roberta Mudge Humble
President, Westerly Armory Restoration, Inc.
The oldest of the standing armories in Rhode Island was built in 1835 and the newest in 1928. Brick and granite, wood and stone – these 18 armories have survived through times where lesser architecture would have failed – over half of the existing buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides their military missions to safely store arms and to provide homes for military units, Rhode Island’s armories have a close attachment to the state’s citizenry. From dances and meetings to circuses with Tom Thumb, voting, polio clinics, car shows, State Inauguration Balls – and home to the fast break in basketball, the armories have welcomed the people of Rhode Island. This presentation includes a PowerPoint presentation of all 18 of Rhode Island’s historic armories.
At the Cariage House