69th Regiment Armory

68 Lexington Ave., New York, New York

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Description 

This formidable brick mass represents a type of building that served in the dual capacity of military facility and social clubhouse for units of the National Guard, particularly the "Fighting 69th," the renowned local unit of the New York National Guard. With roots going back to the American Revolution, this regiment served with distinction during the Civil War, WWI and WWII. It is also nationally significant as the site of the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art, the first major exhibition of contemporary art in America, that revolutionized the nation's artistic tastes and perceptions. Some 1,300 works of art were displayed, and here for the first time many Americans saw the works of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 19, 1996

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 28, 1994
Reference number
93001538
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts
Areas of significance
Military; Architecture; Art
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Arms storage
Current function
Arms storage
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant years
ca. 1906; 1913