The History of the Hudson Armory
The Hudson Armory, a palatial building with towers and parapet, was built upon the banks of the Assabet River in 1910.
The Armory’s Rich History
1800s: An Origin of Arms
In 1887, Hudson resident Colonel Adelbert Mossman, an American Civil War Union veteran, formed the town's first unit of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia (MVM): also known as the Hudson Light Brigade. Since then, National Guard units from Hudson have fought and served in the 1916 Pancho Villa Expedition, WWI, WWII, and the Iraq War.
1910: An Achievement in Architecture
Designed by Boston Architects James E. McLaughlin and John J. Mulcahy to house an entire military unit, the building is a stunning example of early 20th century architecture. The pair also designed armories in Hingham, Natick, and Newton, MA. Two years later, McLaughlin went on to design Fenway Park, America’s most beloved and oldest active ball park.
1910-2000s: A Multi-Pronged Purpose
When originally constructed for the Massachusetts Army National Guard the building included a two-lane bowling alley in the basement, showers, an 80-foot-long indoor rifle shooting range, a mess hall capable of seating 300 people, and a bar for non-commissioned officers (NCOs).
A Building’s Transformation
Prior to 2019, The Armory was inactivated as a military facility, acquired by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and used for police and firefighter training.
In 2019 the Hudson Cultural Alliance (HCA) spearheaded redevelopment to turn the Armory into an Arts and Cultural Center which was approved by the Hudson Select Board and Town Meeting in 2020. The Massachusetts Senate in June, 2021, passed an amendment to their 2022 budget allocating $230,000 for the Town of Hudson to purchase this historic building.
In August of 2022 the Town of Hudson officially acquired the building from the State and the HCA took over the lease of the property.
A Home for the Community
A Community in Collaboration
With enthusiastic support from town leaders and residents, the Town of Hudson has the opportunity to preserve this significant historic asset and repurpose its legacy it for community benefit.
- Resource for both local and area residents, arts and cultural organizations throughout the region.
- The hub of a potential cultural district: shows, plays, concerts, and more.
- This iconic downtown building remains within town control.
- Millions in direct investment and new commerce in town.
- More visitors and added revenue for Main Street and surrounding area
Unlock the Potential of Your Community
The success of the Hudson Armory Project depends on the contributions of the people it serves. Each donation is a step towards a visionary arts center with the boundless potential to provide entertainment, education, financial opportunities, social connections, and creative expression.