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69th Regiment Armory

69th Regiment Armory
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69th Regiment Armory is located in Manhattan
69th Regiment Armory
69th Regiment Armory is located in New York
69th Regiment Armory
69th Regiment Armory is located in the US
69th Regiment Armory
Location 68 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°44′28″N 73°59′1″W / 40.74111°N 73.98361°W / 40.74111; -73.98361
Built 1906[1]
Architect Hunt & Hunt[2]
MPS Army National Guard Armories in New York State MPS
NRHP Reference # 93001538
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 28, 1994[2]
Designated NHL June 19, 1996[3]
Designated NYCL April 12, 1983
The entrance to the building

The 69th Regiment Armory is located at 68 Lexington Avenue between East 25th and 26th Streets in the Rose Hill section of Manhattan, New York City. The historic building began construction in 1904 and was completed in 1906.[1][4] The building is still used to house the headquarters of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment (known as the "Fightin Irish" since Gettsyburg), as well as for the presentation of special events. The armory was designed by the firm of Hunt & Hunt, and was the first armory built in New York City to not be modeled on a medieval fortress; instead, it was designed in the Beaux-Arts style.[4] The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965,[3][5] and a New York City landmark in 1983.[4]

The Armory was the site of the controversial 1913 Armory Show, in which modern art was first publicly presented in the United States, per the efforts of Irish American collector John Quinn.[4] It has a 5,000 seat arena that is used for sporting and entertainment events such as the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Notable events

See also


Explanatory notes

  1. ^ There are a number of apparent inconsistencies in the available sources. The New York Times reported that Johansson later broke Peitri's mark of 2:44:20.4 which was set on November 28, 1908;[6] however, the data provided by the Association of Road Racing Statistician indicates three faster times were recorded in the interim leading up to the Crowley/Holmer/Johansson race.[7] Two days after their initial report, The New York Times published that there was "considerable discussion" that the race distance may have been short due to how the course was measured.[8] Although the Association of Road Racing Statisticians does not indicate any irregularity with the distance or performance, the International Association of Athletics Federations does not report Johannson's March 1, 1910 performance as a previous world best.[9]


  1. ^ a b "69th Regiment Armory". 69th Regiment. Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b "69th Regiment Armory". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S. (text); Postal, Matthew A. (text) (2009), Postal, Matthew A., ed., Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1 , pp.87
  5. ^ Prod, Nancy L.; Prol, Elbertus; Pitts, Carolyn; and Bearas, Edwin C. (November 1994) "National Historic Landmark Nomination: 69th Regiment Armory", National Park Service
  6. ^ a b "Swede's Marathon Makes New Record: Thure Johansen Wins Sensational Race From Crowley and Hobner.". The New York Times. March 2, 1910. p. 10. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "All-Time Performances- Marathon Indoor Track"
  8. ^ "Young Britt Beats Ty Cobb.; Dorando Challenges Johansen.". The New York Times. March 4, 1910. p. 10. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. p. 565. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ Deford, Frank (1971). "Five Strides on the Banked Track: The life and times of the Roller Derby". Little, Brown and Company: 89. 
  11. ^ Owens, Tom (2002). Basketball Arenas. Millbrook Press. p. 14. ISBN 0-7613-1766-X. 
  12. ^ Flynn, Sean. The Fighting 69th: One Remarkable National Guard Unit's Journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad, Penguin Books, 2007
  13. ^ "Beaux Arts Ball 2013: –ism" on the Architectural League of New York website
  14. ^ "The Architectural League's Beaux Arts Ball: –ISM on the Processional Art Workshop website

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