The restoration of the Duluth Armory will honor the past and reimagine the future while providing important community space for economic and entrepreneurial development, arts and culture, and a place for history to come alive for future generations.
The foundational history of the armory as a military training center and as a cultural and entertainment hub for northeastern Minnesota will be showcased throughout the renovated facility. The story of the Minnesota National Guard, Naval Militia, and Naval Reserve will be honored in the Hall of Heroes. The restoration will also celebrate the role the Armory played as a community gathering place and cultural and entertainment hub of the Duluth region.
Economic and Entrepreneurial Development
The Drill Hall will become the centerpiece of a vibrant mixed-use commercial space; with a public food hall filled with small businesses and food vendors. The lower level will contain a large-scale community kitchen space that can be used by a variety of food entrepreneurs. The portion of the Armory facing Lake Superior will become artist galleries and studio spaces.
Arts and Culture
Restoration of the historic Duluth Armory stage will be an entertainment focal point and will foster local and regional talent and keep the space active and fresh. The North Country Creative Center will be an exhibit space that celebrates the creative spark of the people and entertainers who performed at the Duluth Armory, including a permanent exhibit space showcasing Bob Dylan’s tie to the Armory. The Music Resource Center, an after-school music education program for teens will also be located in the restored Armory.
The Armory Arts and Music Center (AAMC) is partnering with Sherman Associates to complete the $25 million restoration of the Duluth Armory. The AAMC is asking the State of Minnesota for $7.5 million to fund design and construction for rehabilitation of the Duluth Armory and elements of the North Country Creative Center and Music Resource Center. These funds will match historic and new market tax credits, federal funds, state grants and private funds.