CHANGES — At the time of its opening, above, the armory had a single-door entranceway as it does today. The armory’s lower level had a doorway leading to the rear parking area which enabled military vehicles to be stored inside. The communications room, class room and locker and shower room were also located here. The drill hall was on the upper level along with gun and ammunition storage and offices. At right, the stairs have been widened and two additional entrances added in this 1970s photo.
Barrett family collection
Wayne Carhart photo
HEAT — Several offices were equipped with working fireplaces even though the building always had central heating. Today the fireplaces are no longer used and have lost some of their elegance.
Benjamin Crown “With Interest” photo
IN LINE — Col. E.W. Gibson with men from Regimental Headquarters Company, Company I, and and the band line up in front of the former Brattleboro Memorial Armory on Main Street. A commemerative plaque, right, is located on the building, now the Gibson-Aiken
Charles Akeley photo
GOODHUE VIEW — The Goodhue family home, the first on the left in this southeast view of Main Street, is now the site of the Gibson-Aiken Center.
Robert F. George photo
BACK AGAIN — A view of the Gibson-Aiken Center in April of 1985 shows that the front entrance was historically restored to look as it did when the armory
UNIFORM TASKS — Above, Charles Langmaid, left, and John Barrett, second from right, stand during an inspection at the armory in this 1960s photo. At left, equipment is stored in “cubbies” in the lower level of the the armory. Below, men practice at the rifle range also located on the lower level of the armory. A sign posted on the wall prohibits the use of rifles and pistols of greater .22 calibre at the range.
Bigelow “With Interest” photo
Bigelow “With Interest” Photo