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Unlisted Armories

The following information concerns those armories completed during the 1948-1964 period that were not part of the intensive study of fifteen armory locations completed in February 2012, but were nevertheless part of the Cold War-era armory construction process in South Carolina.

Anderson

Architect: Demosthenes, McCreight & Riley
Contractor: Yeargin Construction Company
Completion Date: May 6, 1965
Cost: $239,221.671

Notes: Correspondence from April 18, 1964, identifies this armory as a “Type C” armory and “one-unit plus.”2

Bamberg

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: W. C. King and Sons
Cost: $124,874 (original bid amount)3

Notes: The completion report for this armory is missing from the surviving NGB correspondence.

Beaufort

Architect: Reid Hearn and Associates
Contractor: J. A. Richardson Construction Co. (Ridgeland, SC)
Completion Date: March 15, 1963
Dedication Date: July 14, 19634
Size: 15,000sf on 10 acres
Cost: $152,370.00 ($143,745.25)

Bishopville

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: Sossaman Construction Co.
Completion Date: April 11, 1955
Cost: $126,277.00 (contract amount)

Notes: Funds requested in 1953 for construction of one-unit armory.5 Described as Single Unit Armory.6

Charleston

Architect: David LeRoy Parrott
Contractor: C. W. Blanchard
Completion Date: February 20, 1963
Dedication Date: April 20, 19637

Notes: Land donated by City of Charleston in exchange for federal land that became “Martin’s Park.” Some sources indicate the architect as Jackson and Miller, who were hired to design the Rock Hill armory as a duplicate of the Charleston armory.8

Charleston Heights

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: M. L. Stephenson
Completion Date: November 15, 1955
Cost: $111,629.00 (original contract)9

Chesterfield

Architect: Demosthenes, McCreight & Riley
Contractor: E. C. B. Construction Company
Completion Date: January 12, 1962
Dedication Date: April 15, 196210
Cost: $131,246

Notes: Approx. 15,000 sf on 5 acres

Columbia

Architect: Lafaye, Fair, Lafaye & Associates
Contractor: Charles Craig Construction Co
Completion Date: April 2, 1964
Dedication Date: October 10, 196411
Cost: $439,301.00

Edgefield

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: Craig-Roberson Construction Co.
Completion Date: September 23, 1955
Cost: $125,679.00 (original contract)

Notes: Described as Single Unit Armory with Battalion Headquarters12

Gaffney

Architect: Heyward S. Singley 13
Architect: Blume and Cannon
Contractor: W. M. Fine Construction Company
Completion Date: October 24, 1962
Cost: $26,027

Notes: Funds provided in 1953 for construction of a one-unit armory and storage building.14  No other construction details—including completion reports or dedication facts sheets—have been found for the original (1950s) armory facility. Addition completed in 1962. It is believed that this addition was not unlike the one completed at Saluda that same year.15

Inman

Architect: Blume & Cannon
Contractor: C. Y. Thomason Company
Completion Date: April 27, 1961
Dedication Date: March 11, 1962
Cost: $128,175

Notes: Building size described as “75 feet long, 132 feet wide” on 3.26 acres. Additional note indicated, “Armory is smaller than normal two-unit armory, however, it is adequate for unit requirements.”16

Johnston

Architect: Hallman and Weems
Architect: Lafaye and Tarrant
Completion Date: January 5, 1962
Cost: $124,68817

Jonesville

Architect: Blume & Cannon
Architect: Robert B. Cannon, Jr.
Contractor: Yeargin Construction Co.
Completion Date: August 8, 1961
Dedication Date: November 26, 1961 (tentative)
Cost: $128,900

Notes: 21,000 sf on 5 acres of land18

Lake City

Architect: Demosthenes, McCreight & Riley
Contractor: W. C. King and Sons
Completion Date: January 5, 1961
Cost: $121,94219

Lexington

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: Atlantic Building Corporation (Columbia)
Completion Date: March 28, 1955
Cost: $122,805.00 (contract amount)

Notes: Funds requested in 1953 for one-unit armory.20  Described as Single Unit Armory.21

Manning

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: W. C. King and Sons
Cost: $125,07422

Mullins

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Architect: Potter-Shackelford Construction Company (Greenville)
Completion Date: December 8, 1953
Cost: $151,120

Notes: Funds approved in 1953 for construction of one-unit armory and storage building.23  Described as one-unit armory and battalion headquarters with detachment. It’s also noteworthy that the designed life expectancy of the facility was designated as 25 years. This facility was also intended to replace the motor storage building already on site at the time of construction, which would be converted to a Motor Vehicle Storage Building.24

Newberry

Architect: G. Thomas Harmon
Contractor: Spong Construction Company
Completion Date: March 27, 1963
Cost: $114,310

Notes: In addition to this contract, there appears to have been a contract for alterations and additions at an existing facility at Newberry in mid-1962, based on plans from William J. Keenan.25

Pacolet Mills

Architect: Prather and Thomas
Contractor: Triangle Construction Company
Completion Date: March 14, 1962
Dedication Date: May 20, 196226
Cost: $141,877

Notes: 12,906 sf on 5 acres. Land donated by Pacolet Mfg. Co. This project was described as a “Type B Armory” in correspondence from May 1962.

Seneca

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: Harper Builders Supply Inc. (Williamston)
Completion Date: March 22, 1955
Cost: $125,788.00 (contract amount)

Notes: Funds requested in 1953 for one-unit armory.27 Described as Single Unit Armory.28

Spartanburg

Architect: Prather and Thomas
Contractor: Fiske-Carter Construction Company
Completion Date: April 8, 1963
Cost: $228,704.00

Notes: Like Pacolet Mills, this building employed an aluminum window wall system with enamel panels below the window treatments. The NGB initially raised objections to this treatment, but it appears to have been approved.29

St. George

Architect: Augustus Constantine
Contractor: Fred Evans and Associates (Orangeburg)
Completion Date: February 28, 1963
Dedication Date: March 2, 196330
Cost: $142,887.00

Notes: This armory project was described as a “Type A Armory” in correspondence from May 1962.

St. Matthews

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: George A. Creed and Son
Completion Date: November 1, 1955
Cost: $116,200.00 (original contract)

Described as Single Unit Armory.31

Ware Shoals

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: G. E. Moore Co., Inc.
Completion Date: October 5, 1956
Cost: $124,350

Notes: Described as Single Unit Armory.32

Whitmire

Architect: Lafaye, Fair, Lafaye & Associates
Contractor: John C. Heslep Company (Columbia)
Completion Date: January 3, 1961
Cost: $145,989 (original contract amount)33

Woodruff

Architect: Heyward S. Singley 34

Notes: Funds approved in 1953 for construction of one-unit armory.35 No other correspondence, including completion reports or dedication fact sheets, has been found for this facility.

York

Architect: Heyward S. Singley
Contractor: Sossaman Construction Co. (Gaffney, SC)
Completion Date: July 20, 1955
Cost: $133,428

Funds approved in 1953 for construction of one-unit armory.36 It appears that the final inspection report was not filed with the NGB until 1959.37


  1. Inspection Report, November 11, 1964, Folder 1505-11 SC 64, Box 22, National Guard Bureau, General Subject Files, 1964; Inspection Report, May 6, 1965, Folder 1505-11 SC 65, Box 41, National Guard Bureau, Central Subject File, 1964-1974. 

  2. Albert M. Withers to Chief, National Guard Bureau, April 18, 1964; Charles L. Southward to Adjutant General, South Carolina, April 8, 1964, Folder 1505-11 SC 64, Box 22, National Guard Bureau, General Subject Files, 1964.  

  3. William M. Blatt to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, June 27, 1958, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 3571, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1958, RG 168, NARA II; George N. Kibler to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, July 1, 1958, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 3571, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1958, RG 168, NARA II.  

  4. D. W. McGowan to L. Mendel Rivers, July 5, 1963, Folder 1050-11, South Carolina, Box 4431, Army-NGB TAFFS, 1963, RG 168, NARA II; Armory Dedication Fact Sheet, April 22, 1963, Folder 1050-11, South Carolina, Box 4431, Army-NGB TAFFS, 1963, RG 168, NARA II. The Armory Completion Inspection Report indicates the lower cost figure. See Armory Completion Inspection Report, March 14, 1963, Folder 1050-11, South Carolina, Box 4431, Army-NGB TAFFS, 1963, RG 168, NARA II; William M. Blatt to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, June 22, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II.  

  5. Lt. Col. Gary to Chairman of RFFC, OSD, November 6, 1953, Folder 633, General, Box 1459, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1953, NARA II.  

  6. Herman M. Sherline to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, January 27, 1954, Folder 633, General, Box 1721, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1954, RG 319, NARA II; Inspection Report, April 11, 1955, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 1975, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1955, RG 168, NARA II.  

  7. Armory Dedication Fact Sheet, February 18, 1963, Folder 1050-11, South Carolina, Box 4431, Army-NGB TAFFS, 1963, RG 168, NARA II.  

  8.  Albert M. Withers to Chief, National Guard Bureau, February 6, 1964, Folder 1505-11 SC 64, Box 22, National Guard Bureau, General Subject Files, 1964.  

  9. Herman M. Sherline to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, August 5, 1954, Folder 633, General, Box 1721, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1954, RG 319, NARA II; Inspection Report, November 15, 1955, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 1975, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1955, RG 168, NARA II.  

  10. Armory Dedication Fact Sheet, March 28, 1962, Folder 633, General, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II; Inspection Report, August 9, 1961, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4141, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1961, RG 168, NARA II.  

  11. Armory Dedication Fact Sheet; Inspection Report, April 2, 1964, Folder 1505-11 SC 64, Box 22, National Guard Bureau, General Subject Files, 1964.  

  12.  Herman M. Sherline to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, August 5, 1954, Folder 633, General, Box 1721, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1954, RG 319, NARA II; Inspection Report, September 23, 1955, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 1975, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1955, RG 168, NARA II.  

  13. Singley self-reported his design of this armory in Heyward S. Singley to Donald Russell, application for building work, 1954, Donald Russell Papers, University Archives, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.  

  14. Edgar C. Erickson to Adjutants General, June 25, 1953, Folder 633, General, Box 1459, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1953, NARA II.  

  15. Inspection Report, October 25, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II; George A. Meidling to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, May 29, 1862, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II.  

  16.  Inspection Report, April 27, 1961, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4141, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1961, RG 168, NARA II; Armory Dedication Fact Sheet appended to Albert M. Withers to Chief, National Guard Bureau, February 12, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II.  

  17. Inspection Report, January 5, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II.  

  18.  Armory Dedication Fact Sheet, appended to Albert M. Withers to Chief, National Guard Bureau, November 1, 1961, Folder 633, General, Box 4138, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1961, RG 168, NARA II; Inspection Report, August 8, 1961, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4141, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1961, RG 168, NARA II.  

  19. Inspection Report, January 5, 1961, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4141, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1961, RG 168, NARA II.  

  20. Lt. Col. Gary to Chairman of RFFC, OSD, November 6, 1953, Folder 633, General, Box 1459, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1953, NARA II.  

  21.  Herman M. Sherline to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, January 27, 1954, Folder 633, General, Box 1721, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1954, RG 319, NARA II; Inspection Report, March 28, 1955, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 1975, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1955, RG 168, NARA II.  

  22. George N. Kibler to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, July 1, 1958, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 3571, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1958, RG 168, NARA II; William M. Blatt to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, June 27, 1958, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 3571, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1958, RG 168, NARA II.  

  23. Edgar C. Erickson to Adjutants General, June 25, 1953, Folder 633, General, Box 1459, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1953, NARA II.  

  24. Inspection Report, December 8, 1953, and Addendum, January 2, 1952, Folder 633, General, Box 1721, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1954, RG 319, NARA II.  

  25. Armory Completion Inspection Report, April 1, 1963, Folder 1050-11, South Carolina, Box 4431, Army-NGB TAFFS, 1963, RG 168, NARA II; Unknown to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, June 5, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II.  

  26. Armory Dedication Fact Sheet, no date, Folder 633, General, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II; Frank D. Pinckney to Chief, National Guard Bureau, June 23, 1961, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4141, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1961, RG 168, NARA II; Albert M. Withers to Chief, National Guard Bureau, May 15, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II.  

  27. Lt. Col. Gary to Chairman of RFFC, OSD, November 6, 1953, Folder 633, General, Box 1459, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1953, RG 319, NARA II.  

  28. Herman M. Sherline to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, January 27, 1954, Folder 633, General, Box 1721, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1954, RG 319, NARA II; Inspection Report, March 22, 1955, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 1975, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1955, RG 168, NARA II.  

  29. Armory Completion Inspection Report, April 10, 1963, Folder 1050-11, South Carolina, Box 4431, Army-NGB TAFFS, 1963, RG 168, NARA II; James L. Thomas to Chief, National Guard Bureau, May 4, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II.  

  30. Armory Completion Inspection Report, February 28, 1963, Folder 1050-11, South Carolina, Box 4431, Army-NGB TAFFS, 1963, RG 168, NARA II; Armory Dedication Fact Sheet, February 5, 1963, Folder 1050-11, South Carolina, Box 4431, Army-NGB TAFFS, 1963, RG 168, NARA II; William M. Blatt to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, June 22, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II; Albert M. Withers to Chief, National Guard Bureau, May 15, 1962, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4293, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1962, RG 168, NARA II.  

  31. Herman M. Sherline to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, August 5, 1954, Folder 633, General, Box 1721, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1954, RG 319, NARA II; Inspection Report, November 1, 1955, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 1975, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1955, RG 168, NARA II.  

  32. Inspection Report, October 9, 1956, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 2246, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1956, RG 168, NARA II.  

  33. William M. Blatt to Adjutant General, State of South Carolina, March 10, 1960, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 3967, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1960, RG 168, NARA II; Inspection Report, January 3, 1961, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 4141, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1961, RG 168, NARA II.  

  34. Singley self-reported his design of this armory in Heyward S. Singley to Donald Russell, application for building work, 1954, Donald Russell Papers, University Archives, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.  

  35. Edgar C. Erickson to Adjutants General, June 25, 1953, Folder 633, General, Box 1459, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1953, RG 319, NARA II.  

  36. Edgar C. Erickson to Adjutants General, June 25, 1953, Folder 633, General, Box 1459, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1953, RG 319, NARA II.  

  37. Inspection Report, August 1, 1955, Folder 633, South Carolina, Box 3784, Army-NGB Decimal File, 1959, RG 168, NARA II.