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Now known as the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, this historic building stands prominently at the corner of Exchange and Fountain Streets. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1895 and designed by the prominent Providence the architecture firm William R. Walker & Son. Its two circular towers and crenelated parapets give the armory a castle-like appearance, which is appropriate given its military history. The building has been the home of the Tower Light Infantry of Pawtucket, the Kearny Light Infantry, Company G2 Regiment Infantry of Cedar Falls and the Pawtucket Horse Guards First Cavalry Battalion. Today, in its current iteration as the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, the armory is host to performing arts, events and weddings.


  • The Pawtucket Armory was built in 1895. Today, it's a performing arts and events venue.

The armory has been used for a number of purposes including as a public meeting place, a Social Security sign up location, Girl Scout functions, the circus, St. Patrick's Day festivities, and dances. From 2005-2010, the building was the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts. The Pawtucket Arts Center opened in 2012 after a few years of extensive renovation.

"History of the Armory." Pawtucket Armory Arts Center. Accessed July 5, 2018.  http://www.pawtucketarmoryartscenter.com/history-.html.

"Pawtucket Armory." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. November 18, 1983. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/0f740526-3a64-421f-9148-0f921a6397b5.

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