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Date Opened 1916
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Venue Address 324 Emerson Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232

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Hunt Armory was built in 1916 to house the First Battalion of the 107th Field Artillery regiment of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. It was named in honor of Captain Alfred Epher Hunt, who commanded the regiments historic Battery B in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War (1898). Battery B was the first to offer its services to the United States in the Spanish-American War. Hunt, an accomplished metallurgist and one of the founders of Alcoa, brought the Battery home intact, but died the following year of complications from malaria contracted during that tour of duty. Hunt Armory served the Pennsylvania National Guard during both world wars and remains the regiments home.

The Armory borders the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Shadyside and East Liberty; its generous dimensions (56,000 square feet) and classical revival architecture dominate a full block between Emerson Street and South Highland Avenue. Until the Civic Arena was built in 1961, it was easily the largest auditorium in Pittsburgh and was in demand for concerts and political events, many of historical significance.

President Harry S. Truman addressed the Democratic Party from the Hunt Armory while running for re-election in 1948. Eisenhowers presidential campaign appearance and motorcade culminated there in 1952. During that same year the Armory held the Reverend Billy Grahams first Pittsburgh crusade. English rock band Led Zeppelin performed at the Armory in 1969 as "The New Yardbirds." In addition to concerts and political events, Hunt Armory has housed movie sets and sound stages, rodeos, and polo matches and--shortly after its paving in 1940--the Pittsburgh Auto Show.

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