Armory of the First Corps of Cadet
The Armory of the First Corps of Cadets in northern Boston, Massachusetts is a formidable structure located on the wedge-shaped corner of Arlington Street and Columbus Avenue. Standing proudly above the modern city that surrounds it, the Armory has been a well-respected local and national landmark for over 100 years. Completing its construction in 1897, the Armory was designed to be a military stronghold in the case of severe civil unrest. It has been preserved remarkably well, its castle-like appearance proving to be a dominant feature of the local area. The Armory’s lower floors house a luxury steakhouse known as Smith and Wollensky while the upper levels are home to a simple museum that houses numerous historical antiques relevant to the First Corps of Cadets. Throughout its long lifetime, it has been referred to by a number of names including the “Back Bay Castle,” the “Park Plaza Castle,” and it is open to the public during regular restaurant hours.
Backstory and Context
Armory of the First Corps of Cadets. WhereTraveler.com. . Accessed July 22, 2018. https://www.wheretraveler.com/boston/armory-first-corps-cadets. Small profile of the Armory
Boston Back Bay. Smith and Wollensky. . Accessed July 22, 2018. https://www.smithandwollensky.com/our-restaurants/boston-back-bay/. Home website of the restaurant within the Armory