Which hotel once served as a National Guard Armory?
If you guessed the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) in Portland, Maine you guessed correctly!
Portland is situated on the southern coast of Maine. The city has a rich maritime history and its strategic location led to great wealth and prosperity. The hotel, constructed in 1895 as the Maine National Guard Armory, is just two blocks from Portland’s working waterfront. The detailed neo-Gothic Romanesque building was said to be one of the finest and best-equipped armories in New England and was a prominent feature in the Portland cityscape. The armory’s large drill hall was frequently used as a civic auditorium and hosted many concerts and gatherings. In 1942, the United States Navy took control of the structure and used it as a recreation center for the duration of World War II. Decommissioned in the 1950s, the building was used as a warehouse and the city’s public bath house before being converted into a hotel in 1984.
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