A door in the Lynn Armory displays the lineage of National Guard units based in the South Common Street facility.
A door in the Lynn Armory displays the lineage of National Guard units based in the South Common Street facility. (Thor Jourgensen)
Opinion

Jourgensen: A bastion against the test of time

I love the Lynn Armory and the contribution to the architectural treasure trove that it makes to South Common Street. Driving down the Common sometimes gives you the feel of skirting the Himalayas with church spires and the armory's imposing turret looming about you.

I would love to know how many bricks are in the armory and its garage and I am grateful to Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development Planning and Development Manager Jeff Weeden for giving me a top-to-bottom tour of the massive building.

Built to last, the armory is the consummate survivor. It has managed to fend off decades of ideas aimed at changing its use and even razing the armory.

The armory lost …

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