Armory (former) – Columbus MS

City:
Columbus, MS

Site Type:
Military and Public Safety, Armories

New Deal Agencies:
Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Started:
1940

Completed:
1942

Designer:
R. T. Smith

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Marked:
Unknown

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The city of Columbus approved a bond issue to construct the city’s portion of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) financed armory. The architect was R. T. Smith. Columbus purchased a site for the new armory and civic center in the business district. By summer of 1941, the armory was under construction. The Works Progress Administration supplied $45,000 toward the $65,000 building. The armory was a 4-story Art Deco building completed 1041-1942. It has been in use as a convention center since 1987.

Source notes

Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Historic Resources Inventory, (former) National Guard Armory (Columbus City Auditorium). Retrieved July 16 from:
https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/rpt.aspx?rpt=publicPropSearch&Name=&StreetNo=&StreetName=&City=Columbus&County=Any

Columbus Votes Bonds for Armory. (Dec 7, 1939). The Delta Democrat-Times, p. 1.

Columbus Hires Armory Architect. ( Feb 9, 1940). The Delta Democrat-Times, p. 1.

Site Bought for Armory. (Mar 25, 1940). Clarion-Ledger, p. 6.

Passing Troops Enjoy Mississippi Hospitality. (Aug 9, 1941). Hattiesburg American, p. 8.

Site originally submitted by Susan Allen on July 16, 2020.

Location Info


400 N. 2nd Avenue
Columbus, Mississippi 39701

Coordinates: 33.4961399, -88.4296712

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