The Armory, located at 3660 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63110, was designed by St. Louis City architect Albert Osburg and completed in 1938 to house the 138th Infantry Missouri National Guard Armory. Over the decades, the building has been home to the St. Louis Tennis Club, national bowling tournaments, rock concerts, indoor sports leagues, and more. Now, the 250,000-square-foot multi-venue entertainment destination, owned by Green Street Real Estate Ventures, is the largest indoor entertainment venue in St. Louis. Armory STL opened its doors to the public on December 15, 2022, and features nearly six acres of flexible space to gather, play, eat, drink and discover.
The History of Armory STL
Originally designed and built as the home to the 138th Infantry Missouri National Guard Armory. The building provided training and storage for military equipment.
Home to the St. Louis Tennis Club where Impactful tennis players and contributors such as Dwight Davis and Butch Buchholz, and Wimbledon champions Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Conners, Ken Flach, played at Armory STL. The wooden floors increased the speed of the ball, which changed the way the greats played the game of tennis.
When you bring up The Armory, “I played indoor soccer there” or something similar usually follows. The massive space was used for national bowling tournaments, indoor sports league, and even was a concert venue for performances by Ike & Tina Turner, The Grateful Dead, and The Byrds.
As the building sat idle for many years, many ideas came about on how to revitalize the historic building. Talks of invigorating its tennis past or creating a shared work space all were in the works until COVID-19 put a halt to everything.
A place to gather, eat, drink, and discover, Armory STL is the destination entertainment venue located in Midtown, the living room of St. Louis, Missouri.
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