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Buffalo Masten Avenue Armory

Street address: Masten Avenue (between Best and North streets)
City: Buffalo
County: Erie
Year constructed:

1902 - 1907 - original construction
1932 - 1933 - rebuilt after fire

Architect:

George L. Heins with George J. Metzger - original construction
William E. Haugaard - 1933 rebuild

Size : Regiment
Square footage:

388,089 NSF - original construction
267,266 NSF - 1933 rebuild

Acreage:

10.42 Acres - original construction
10.42 Acres - 1933 rebuild

Status:

Burned down in 1931 / Rebuilt on same site in 1933 and still open

 

Units Stationed:
Years:
65th Regiment 1907 - 1917
3rd Field Artillery (Batteries A-F)? 1916 - ????
106th Field Artillery (formerly 69th Regiment)? 1917 - ????
Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 27th Reconnaissance 1955 - 1959
Headquarters 27th Division 1961 - ????
106th Field Artillery 1961 - ????
127th Artillery 1961 - ????
Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment Division Support Command 1961 - ????
Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 127th Artillery 1986 - ????
Headquarters & Headquarters Company, Co. A & B 174th Infantry 1986 - ????
Co. D, 102nd Medical 1986 - ????
243rd Medical 1986 - ????
105th Military Police Company Current
Detachment 1, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, STB 42nd Infantry Division Current
Detachment 1, Co. A, STB 42nd Infantry Division Current
2nd Squadron, Troop C, 101st Cavalry Current
Co. D, 427th Brigade Support Battalion Current

 

History

Prior to this armory being built, the 65th Regiment occupied the Broadway Arsenal/Armory from 1858 - 1907. In 1931 a fire started in the basement of the Masten Avenue Armory. This not only destroyed the armory, it spread and destroyed a church and many nearby homes. It has been called one of the worst fires in the history of the city of Buffalo.

A new armory was built on the foundation of the former armory in an art-deco style. During the time between the fire and completion of the new armory, the 106th Field Artillery unit stayed in the Brooklyn Auditorium, as well as, an abandoned automobile warehouse at 45 Jewett Avenue.

Images

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: November 7, 2012
URL: http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/links/armories/Masten Avenue Armory.htm