|Location||324 Emerson Street, Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Nearest city||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Coordinates||40°27′20.92″N 79°55′25.19″W / 40.4558111°N 79.9236639°WCoordinates: 40°27′20.92″N 79°55′25.19″W / 40.4558111°N 79.9236639°W|
|Built by||Dawson Construction Co.|
|Architect||W.G. Wilkins Co.|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||91001697|
|Added to NRHP||November 14, 1991|
Hunt Armory (also known as Pittsburgh Armory) is an armory located at 324 Emerson Street in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was designed by Pittsburgh architects W.G. Wilkins Co.. Announced on August 29, 1909 and budgeted at $450,000 ($11.9 million in present-day terms) it was completed by 1916. The armory was named after Spanish American War hero, metallurgist, and industrialist Captain Alfred E. Hunt (1855-1899), best known for founding the company that would eventually become Alcoa, the world's largest producer and distributor of aluminum. The Hunt Armory occupies an entire city block covering an area of 56,000 square feet (5,200 m2), also reported as 1.84 acres.
For many years, it was used (along with the Syria Mosque) as the city's main auditorium. Until the Pittsburgh Civic Arena was completed in 1961, the Hunt Armory was the largest auditorium in Pittsburgh and was frequently the host for concerts and political events including:
- October 20, 1944: Presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey.
- October 23, 1948: President Harry S. Truman with a crowd of over 25,000.
- September 7 - October 4, 1952: Billy Graham's Pittsburgh crusade.
- October 27, 1952: Presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- October 30, 1952: Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson.
- October 9, 1956: President Eisenhower.
- October 31, 1956: Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson speaks to 12,000.
- January 21, 1969: Led Zeppelin North American Tour 1968–1969
In 1952, the venue launched the "Pittsburgh crusades" of the Reverend Billy Graham.
It hosted the Handmade Arcade.
The Armory is closed for military use. Historically appropriate redevelopment is planned under the City's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Hunt Armory has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since November 14, 1991. It received City of Pittsburgh historic landmark status on February 25, 2014.
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Roy A Hunt Foundation
- Gormly, Kellie B. (November 8, 2008). "Handmade Arcade offers distinctive crafts". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- Media related to Hunt Armory at Wikimedia Commons