Structure Type: built works - military buildings; built works - public buildings - schools - high schools; built works - recreation areas and structures - gymnasiums

Designers: Austin Company, Building Contractors (firm)

Dates: [unspecified]

1 story

Rocky Butte, Portland, OR

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The Armory was a very large space covered by a shallow arched roof composed of wood members. The roof was punctured by skylights in various places. Windows were arrayed in a ribbon around the perimeter of the ground story. Larger windows admitted light on the end walls.

The Hill Cadet, a periodical of the school, said of the Armory: "Officially listed among the largestr military armories on the Pacific coast, the Hill Military Academy would be a credit to any regular army military post in America. Covered by a truss-less roof, one of the marvels of modern engineering, it boasts an interior lenght of 200 feet and and width of 100 feet. The floor area is sufficient to permit battalion maneuvers which are ordinarily reserved for field purposes. The floor of the structure was purposely left uncovered and the natural dirt surface provides an admirable area for indoor sports, such as track training and football practice when the inclement weather might ordinarily prohibit such practices." (See "Interior of Armory," Hill Cadet, 11: 1, 04/1932, 10.)

PCAD id: 18489