Built in 1930 by Lieutenant Colonel Henry C. Hengels, The Janesville Armory is an Eclectic Revival Style Building with Spanish undertones.
The Armory was used as the headquarters and
training ground of the historic 32nd Tank Company Division of the
Wisconsin National Guard, later known as Company A in the 192nd Tank
Battalion during World War II. Company A went overseas to fight in late 1941
and were stationed at Fort Stotsenburg in the Philippines. The Fort went under
heavy fire from the Japanese starting on December 8th, 1941. The
Company held them off until they were captured in April. They then participated
in the infamous “March of Death” in which they marched 20 miles a day in the
tropical heat to get to work camps where many died. Almost two-thirds of
Company A didn’t make it back to Janesville alive but were commended for their
courage and bravery. The Armory has been used for miscellaneous city purposes
since the National Guard moved out in 1970, until recently when it became, and
remains, an event space.