This Armory was Newark’s convention center before such a word had been coined. Everything happened in that building. The Newark Auto Show was held there, an opera night in honor of Newark’s 250th anniversary, in 1916, was held there, political rallies- including one for Kennedy which Frank Sinatra appeared, were held there. Golden Glove bouts were held there. Local school marching bands practiced there. So much happened there that I will update this post as I learn more about the building.
The two post cards in this blog show the interior riding arena actually being used for that purpose and the second shows the Sussex Avenue façade. I’m still trying to figure out why this was demolished and replaced by a long care nursing facility.