Pennsylvania Armory (former) – Canonsburg PA


The historic former armory at West College St. and North Central St. in Canonsburg was constructed in 1938 as a Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) project. The building presently serves as a youth center.

Short and Stanley-Brown:
“This armory is the headquarters of Company H, One Hundred and Third Medical Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The building is also extensively used for public meetings and entertainments.

The structure is two stories and a mezzanine in height. The first floor contains two offices, officers’ recreation and locker room, the company property room, a garage, recreation and locker room for enlisted men, a kitchen, and a mobilization room 20 by 60 feet. The second floor, entered from a street on a higher level, is occupied by the main lobby, storage rooms, and the drill hall 70 by 100 feet. The mezzanine forms a balcony overlooking the drill floor.

The building is fireproof. The foundations are concrete, and the frame, columns, and roof trusses are steel. The exterior walls are sand-finished red brick and wood trim with a base of native sandstone. The drill hall floor is designed to carry loaded trucks parked over its entire area.

The project was completed in October 1938 at a construction cost of $85,548 and a project cost of $94,497.”

P.W.A. Docket No. [W]1849

Source notes

C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939).

National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 36.

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on November 14, 2017.

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Location Info

16 W College St.
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Coordinates: 40.260333, -80.187500

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