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A Place of Great

Armory - Main PageThe Duluth Armory is one of those places. The building has a long history as a transformational place – a building that inspired greatness. The Armory itself is about to be transformed.

The building where the 125th Artillery dug foxholes on the Drill Hall floor before going on to see more days of combat than any other unit in WWII will again serve the Northland as a community gathering place.

The stage that hosted the who’s who of the 20th century–from Johnny Cash to Bob Hope and Harry Truman to The Supremes will again be a place for entertainment and education.

The place where a teenage Bob Dylan was inspired to pursue his musical dreams by Buddy Holly just two nights before Holly died in the infamous plane crash will become a state-of-the-art music education facility, inspiring future generations to pursue their musical dreams through lessons, performances, recording, and collaborating.

Generations of families have fond memories of events at the Armory–from school dances, to Battles of the Bands, to concerts, speeches, and funerals. Soon the Armory will live again and Northlanders will again experience the Armory as A Place of Great Inspiration.

A 21st century model for non-profit sustainability will include state and federal tax credits for the rehabilitation of the building and educational and community programs will be supported financially through income generated from rented space on the lake side of the building. The Armory Arts & Music Center’s programs, like the Armory itself, are built to last!


Even the extraordinary aspects of the Armory’s history have to be grounded on an economic reality. The Armory Project is a true 21st century model – the Arts and Music Center is the community space surrounded by leased space needed to not only make the project financially feasible, but sustainable, long into the future.

Everything about this project changed when the Minnesota Historic Tax Credit was passed. This credit is 20% of the development costs and, combined with the 20% Federal Historic Tax Credit, is a game changer. This extra economic incentive makes the project much more attractive to redevelopment.

Now is the time for us to restore the building so it can again be a place of great inspiration.