Kingsbridge Armory (Eighth Regiment Armory)

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

ARCHITECT: Pilcher & Tachau

DATE: 1912-1917

STYLE: Medieval Romanesque

Built between 1912 and 1917, the Armory was designed by the firm of Pilcher & Tachau which gained acclaim for its competition design of 1901 for the Squadron C Armory in Brooklyn. Lewis Pilcher was appointed to the Office of New York State Architect in May 1913; consequently, most of the work on the armory was carried out while Pilcher was serving in his official capacity. He was associated with many armory designs during his career, both with his firm and in his capacity as State Architect. The Kingsbridge Armory displays the qualities of “simplicity, directness, convenience and adaptation to special requirements,” according to an article in the Architectural Record of January 1923.  Pilcher, quoted in the same source, considered this armory as: “perhaps the most interesting of all the armory designs in the country. The necessities of mobilization ••• were successfully met in the development of the scheme.”

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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