of Rhode Island
-- A 150-page book, with 200 pictures,
telling about the community and military histories of Rhode Island's 18 historic
Colonel (ret) Howard F. Brown &
Professor Roberta Mudge Humble
With a special introduction by
Lieutenant General Leon LaPorte
Commanding General, Fort Hood, Texas
The Historic Armories of Rhode Island
is a pictorial view of 18 historic buildings designed for the military but often
the center of community life in the towns and cities of Rhode Island. The oldest
of these standing armories was built in 1835 while the youngster of this
historic group was constructed in 1928. Brick and granite, wood and stone --
these armories have survived through times where lesser architecture would have
failed. There is strength to armories; they are masculine and practical
buildings, but they are also most welcoming in their architectural authority.
Inside, photographs of the armories show a range of
styles and tell of how these structures served their communities and their state
through some of the most difficult years of our country. Armories have meaning
for all of us. Besides their military missions to safely store arms and to
provide homes for military units, Rhode Island's armories have a close
attachment to the state's citizenry.
From dances and meetings to circuses with Tom Thumb,
voting, polio clinics, car shows, State Inauguration Balls -- and home to the
fast break in basketball, the armories have welcomed the people of Rhode Island.
These buildings are architectural treasures -- with half of them on the National
Register of Historic Places.
To read about and see these armories is a rare and
wonderful pleasure -- to know that they were there for past generations and that
they will be there for future generations -- to remember the importance of
community, of character, and of American freedom.
here for more details at the Westerly Armory site.