National Guard Armory (former) – Greenwood MS

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The National Guard Armory in Greenwood, Mississippi was built by the federal Work Projects Administration (WPA) with the City of Greenwood and Leflore County as sponsors. Began in 1939, the building was completed in 1940, with the facility dedicated March 31, 1941. The cost was approximately $80,000. Architects were N. W. Overstreet and A. H. Town. Frank McGeoy was supervising architect until his death in 1940 prior to completion. Superintendent of construction was Paul Thomas. The building was of reinforced concrete with an 80 x 100-foot drill hall, 20-foot ceilings, and maple floors. It included a stage with 1,600 square feet of floor space, and was equipped with stage lights. Also included in the building was a rifle range, steel vault, officer’s lounge, office, showers, and enlisted men’s quarters. Garage space for 8 armory trucks was included behind the main building. The former armory is in use as the Greenwood Community Center.

Source notes

Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Historic Resources Inventory Database. Retrieved from www.apps.mdah.ms.gov July 19, 2018.
Greenwood Commonwealth, May 12, 1939, p. 1.
Five National Guard Armories built in Mississippi. Clarion-Ledger, June 26, 1940, p. 5.
New Armory will be dedicated Monday. Greenwood Commonwealth, March 29, 1941, p. 1.

Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on July 26, 2018.

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Location Info


600 Elm Street
Greenwood, Mississippi 38930

Coordinates: 33.515431, -90.166840

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