University of Minnesota Armory

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University of Minnesota Armory
University of Minnesota Armory
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°58′37″N 93°13′56″W / 44.97694°N 93.23222°W / 44.97694; -93.23222Coordinates: 44°58′37″N 93°13′56″W / 44.97694°N 93.23222°W / 44.97694; -93.23222
Built 1896
Architect Charles Aldrich
Part of University of Minnesota Old Campus Historic District (#84001463[1])
Added to NRHP August 23, 1984

The University of Minnesota Armory is a building on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Armory was constructed in 1896 after the previous space for military training on the campus burnt in a fire in 1894.[2] The facility served as the primary home for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team as well as the University of Minnesota Marching Band after its construction.[3][4] The basketball team moved to the Kenwood Armory in Downtown Minneapolis in 1925 while the band moved to the newly completed Music Education Building in 1922.[5][6] Fielding H. Yost, Michigan Wolverines football coach, forgot the Little Brown Jug, one of the oldest college football traveling trophies, in the locker rooms of the Armory in 1903.[2] The Armory was also the facility used for the University of Minnesota physical education department until 1935.[7] The school's football team played some of their early games on the open field next to the Armory.

It is a contributing property in the University of Minnesota Old Campus Historic District, a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Currently, it is used as the classrooms and office space of the University's three ROTC units, and offices for the University's program for High School students, with the gymnasium being available for campus activities.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "History and Philosophy of Reserver Officer Training." University of Minnesota ROTC Alumni Society. Archived 2005-09-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Hugunin, Marc; Stew Thornley (2006). Minnesota Hoops: Basketball in the North Star State (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 6. ISBN 0-87351-574-9.
  4. ^ Bencriscutto, Frank; Mike Gaffron (1992). Minnesota Hats Off to Thee. Taylor Publishing Company. p. 12. ISBN 0-9629747-0-6.
  5. ^ Hugunin and Thornley, pg. 50.
  6. ^ Bencriscutto and Gaffron, pg. 30-31.
  7. ^ "History." University of Minnesota Air Force ROTC.