The Hudson Armory Project is an innovative initiative of the Hudson Cultural Alliance (HCA), an all-volunteer, local non-profit invested in the transformation of the The Armory building into a regional arts and cultural center.
The economic benefits of a regional cultural arts center in Hudson's downtown, with its award-winning Main Street (America's Main Street Contest), are substantial. The Armory has the resources to serve a large, diverse population. Local restaurants and retail shops can anticipate a steady stream of customers. Increased activity will ignite and expand the vitality of the downtown, enriching the quality of life for community members and families throughout the region.
Designed in 1910 by James E. McLaughlin, the architect of Boston's Fenway Park, The Armory is an iconic, beloved building. Shortly after construction, the Armory became the main facility for the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia and Hudson’s National Guard. The building was adopted by the community as a dance hall and voting site and, more recently, for the training of police and firefighters. The Hudson Armory Project will honor the building’s rich history with informational exhibitions to educate and engage the public.
The Armory has 30,000+ feet of open space for use as an entertainment venue, educational facility, artist incubator, and meeting space. The building’s ample size allows the Town of Hudson to encourage and expand attendance at town community meetings, farmer’s markets, and holiday events. Partnerships with the Library, the Department of Recreation, and local business owners and organizations offer further opportunities for community participation and economic growth.
On the banks of the Assabet River in downtown Hudson, Massachusetts, The Armory's central location makes it a natural anchor for the burgeoning arts and cultural district. The Town of Hudson is in the heart of the 495 MetroWest Corridor, which is comprised of thirty-five communities in the central-east portion of the state. The Armory's accessible location and notable size allows it to serve a diverse range of people from Hudson and surrounding towns.
The Hudson Armory Project was developed by the Hudson Cultural Alliance to facilitate the creative collaboration between local organizations, businesses, artists, and performers with the goal of actively engaging a large and diverse regional audience.
Through strategic partnerships, the Hudson Armory Project will be able to offer a variety of workshops that cater to the interests of its members and other residents. Possible workshops may include podcasting, photography, music lessons, jewelry, and visual art studies.
To foster a more cohesive and active community, the project will cultivate connections among Hudson residents with shared interests. By welcoming veterans' and community historical groups, we will share the history of the building while providing a place to meet. In addition, the Hudson Armory project will provide support to local youth groups, senior citizen groups, and other cultural organizations.
Once The Armory is renovated, there will be performing arts and exhibition space. Regional arts organizations will be able to take advantage of much-needed areas for rehearsals.
With an open floor plan and outdoor event areas, The Armory will host a variety of public events. Examples may include Farmer's markets, library book sales, and other gatherings that will take advantage of the unique space.
The new space will allow artists from all over the region access to studio space, needed to develop their work. Storage is a much-needed commodity, so removing the burden of lack of storage space will help local arts organizations focus on their work.
The Armory’s purchasing, fundraising, renovation, and eventual operations are being run by the Hudson Cultural Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the town’s history while driving arts and culture forward.
The purchase of the building was funded by an earmark from Senator Jamie Eldridge. We have received a matching grant from the Mass Cultural Council. Additional funding is coming through fundraising efforts with Hudson’s Business Improvement District, local organizations, businesses, restaurants, and individuals.
Funding has been used to purchase the building from the Commonwealth. All additional funding will be used for architectural study, bringing the building up to code, renovation, permitting, licensing and finally programming.