History of the Hardin County Armory

The Hardin County Armory is the oldest and most unique Armory in Ohio. Its architecture represents the Late Victorian,

Richardsonian Romanesque Style. Construction began in 1893. The cornerstone was laid, complete with a parade, on

August 2, 1894. The cornerstone ceremony had an estimated attendance of over 25,000 people, which included Governor

William McKinley, soon to be president. The new Armory was formally dedicated on April 15, 1895 with a grandiose

military ball. Some of its interior attributes included a shooting range, plunge and steam baths, hardwood auditorium

floor, and a balcony that encircled the auditorium.

The Hardin County Armory also laid host to three US Presidents: William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt and William

McKinley. Any event of worth and recognition was held within these walls, so it’s only right to add yours to this

extensive list. You are renting a historical building erected over a hundred years ago; therefore, it is not a new facility.

Although our volunteer organization strives to present the best facility it can, there will always be imperfections.

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