History: Cottage Grove Armory’s Art Deco style endures with grace

PHOTO: Cottage Grove Historical Society - The Armory in all its glory in 1940.

The Cottage Grove Armory opened in March of 1931 as the home of the National Guard’s Company D, 186th infantry. The impressive Art Deco building was designed by well-known architect John Hunziker. The Armory was a proud product of Cottage Grove labor and materials. 

The lumber and mill work were produced by the J. H. Chambers & Son Sawmill. It was built with vertical grain, old-growth fir. The cement, heating, plumbing, and gravel were provided by . . .