In this series, we will begin to look at various armories around the country in an effort to represent how their intrinsic value served as a foundation to link the past with the future. While the actual applications may vary, you’ll start to see a theme of community enrichment on so many levels.
A marvelous structure from both design and engineering standpoints, the Armory now houses the University of Illinois Men’s and Women’s Track and Field events. From the UI Fighting Illini Facilities website : “ When completed the Armory was the largest free-span, no center support system, structure in the world. The “drill hall” now referred to as the main floor, measures 200 feet by 400 feet with a ceiling height of 98 feet.” * Impressive in its own right.
Intercollegiate athletics, local sports at a national level, just one of the many ways these grand structures continue to weave the fabric of a local society as they unlock the potential of future generations. 97 years of service, generations of students moving on to change the world, setting the example for those who follow. Go ILLINI !
A cluster of mediocre co-ops or a community enrichment facility in a historical setting, what would serve the interest of New Rochelle best? The answer is clear.
IT’S YOUR ARMORY – USE IT !
* cited from the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information or to show your support visit; http://www.athletics.illinois.edu/facilities/default.htm
Historical postcard courtesy of US Town Views “The largest town postcard website”. Visit their site, there’s something for everyone.