Saturday, December 31, 2011

Leigh Street Armory - 1975

Happy New Year everyone! With over 100,000 page views in a little over a year, it's been a fun ride. And lots more is on the way. Thanks to everyone for stopping by, commenting, reposting, sharing, etc. And thanks to great local blogs for sharing my posts, like Hills & Heights, Fan of the Fan, Greater Jackson Ward News, West of the Boulevard, Church Hill People's News, and probably more that I'm forgetting.

For the first post of 2012, a little good news. A few days ago it was reported that the Leigh Street Armory would receive a $600,000 grant from the state for renovations. Today I've got a shot of it from 1975, not long before it was abandoned and fell into decay. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what this landmark building looks like today (but not for long).

The armory in 1975. Click the photo for the high resolution image.

The armory in 2011:

Top photo courtesy of VCU Libraries


  1. Such a great building. I hope they use it well. I think part of it needs to be dedicated to black Virginia National Guard units.

    Thanks for doing what you do. We who use (and abuse) you, salute you.

  2. Great to hear. I always wondered what this building was and it was sad to see it vacant for so long.