Address: Jct. of 32nd St. and Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. County/parish: Philadelphia.
1 contributing building.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places November 14, 1991.
32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory, also known as the 32nd Street Armory or Drexel Armory, is a historic National Guard armory and multipurpose venue located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Main entrances to the Armory are located at both 33rd and Cuthbert Street, and along Lancaster Walk. It was built in 1916, and is a trapezoidal shaped building in the Classical Revival style. It is a three-story, 21,346 square foot, brick building with stone entablature and parapet. It houses administrative offices, a gymnasium, and drill hall. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
In 2008, Drexel University acquired the armory with plans to renovate it into a convocation and basketball arena for the use of Drexel athletics. Eventually, the university abandoned the plans to convert the armory into its primary arena, and instead focused on renovating the current arena, the Daskalakis Athletic Center. However, smaller scale renovations were completed at the armory and it is currently used for many events such as concerts, food events, art gatherings, and conventions.(read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/91001703