The Armory was to be the new home of my office. The first time I saw it, I was mostly just floored by the sheer size of the place. It almost takes up a whole city block!
With four floors and a massive basement, plus the huge drill court (pictured above) our company has more room than the average hollywood backlot.
This 200,000 square foot reproduction Moorish Castle was completed in 1914 and was used as a National Guard facility until 1976. It is full of period detail including cavernous dungeon-like basements, stone staircases, sweeping corridors, and a gigantic drill court spanning almost an acre. During rioting in San Francisco in 1934, it served as both a barricade and safety point for officers.
The Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and has been out of official use since this time. Previous conversion plans throughout the years have been met with much community resistance for various reasons including gentrification and broader concerns relating to social and environmental impact. Acworth plans to revive this historic building in consideration of gentrification, and social and environmental concerns while restoring and renovating the Armory to its original splendor, style and beauty.
When I first got a tour of the place, I was fascinated by all it’s odd quirks.
When the Armory was built, many military facilities were intentionally built over a source of running water (so as to provide for it’s occupants if they were ever forced to remain there). The Armory is no different, which means that Mission Creek runs straight through the middle of our building.
There are also a number of other things in the building leftover from it’s military days…like a shooting range, a gymnasium, and a swimming pool. Unfortunatly, somewhere along the line someone decided to fill the swimming pool with concrete. Nobody knows why!
There was alot of work put into the place before it was ready for us to move in. The huge ballroom on the first floor had to be converted into a working production department (shown above). We also had to build a great deal of sets, including a full size ultimate wresting ring!
I will return on monday to complete my tale of our armory move, and I’ll have more pictures, video and art to share. Have a great weekend everyone!!