32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory

Coordinates: 39°57′25″N 75°11′25″W / 39.95694°N 75.19028°W / 39.95694; -75.19028
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32nd Street Armory
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Philadelphia Armory
Philadelphia Armory drill hall, May 2010
Full name32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory
Address3205 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA 19104
Location32nd St. and Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Public transit34th and Market (SEPTA)
32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory
32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory is located in Philadelphia
32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory
32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory is located in Pennsylvania
32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory
32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory is located in the United States
32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory
Coordinates39°57′25″N 75°11′25″W / 39.95694°N 75.19028°W / 39.95694; -75.19028
Built1916 (1916)
Built byFidelity Construction Co.
ArchitectJohnson, Philip H.
Architectural styleClassical Revival
MPSPennsylvania National Guard Armories MPS
NRHP reference No.91001703[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 14, 1991
Operator103d Brigade Engineer Battalion
TypeArmory, Stadium
Genre(s)concerts, sporting events, conventions
Seating typeStanding, Bleachers
Capacity3,000 (concerts)
Field shapeRectangular
Acreage1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Construction cost$150,000
Drexel Dragons (NCAA) (1969–1975)

32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory, also known as the 32nd Street Armory or Drexel Armory, is a historic National Guard armory and multipurpose venue located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Main entrances to the Armory are located at both 33rd and Cuthbert Street, and along Lancaster Walk. Cuthbert Street is part of the Armory property and was removed from Philadelphia city street listing. It was built in 1916, and is a trapezoidal-shaped building in the Classical Revival style. It is a three-story, 21,346 square foot, brick building with stone entablature and parapet. It houses administrative offices, a gymnasium, and drill hall.[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

In 2008, Drexel University leased parts of the armory with plans to renovate it into a convocation and basketball arena for the use of Drexel athletics.[3] Eventually, the university abandoned the plans to convert the armory into its primary arena, and instead focused on renovating the current arena, the Daskalakis Athletic Center. However, smaller scale renovations were completed at the armory and it is currently used for many events such as concerts, food events, art gatherings, and conventions.


Drexel homecoming dance concert[edit]

The annual homecoming dance concert was held at the armory during the last week of January each year from 2009 to 2014. Following the 2014 concert, the event was replaced by the Drexel Fall Fest. Headlining performances included:

Drexel Spring Jam[edit]

The annual Spring Jam concert, which is organized by the Drexel CAB, is generally held during the Spring semester. The Spring Jam was performed at the Drexel Armory until it was relocated to Lot F, an open parking area on Drexel's campus between Main Building and 31st Street, beginning in 2011. The headlining acts of the Spring Jam concerts performed at the armory included:

Other concerts[edit]


Buckley Courts[edit]

The Buckley Courts are three plexicushion multipurpose courts within the armory. They are named after Robert Buckley, an alumnus of the Drexel College of Engineering and a member of the Drexel Athletics Hall of Fame as a three-sport athlete. From 2008-2018, these courts serve as a practice site for club and varsity sports teams during the winter. They are also available to students for recreational sports including tennis, basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer, street hockey and table tennis.


The armory was the home arena for the Drexel Dragons basketball teams from 1969 to 1975.

The armory hosted three regional games in the 1967 NCAA College Division basketball tournament


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania". CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2012-07-18. Note: This includes Kristine Wilson; Joseph Burke, III; William Sisson (August 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: 32nd St. and Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia Armory" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  3. ^ "Drexel and National Guard to Celebrate 50-Year Agreement to Use Historic Philadelphia Armory". Drexel University. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Spring Jam recruits NERD" (PDF). Drexel CAB. Retrieved 23 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "33rd Street Armory Philadelphia Concert Setlists". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  6. ^ Rea, Steven (8 December 1994). "Armory Rap Concert Gets Role In Film". Philly.com. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Nirvana Setlist at The Armory, Philadelphia, PA, USA". setlist.fm. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  8. ^ Campbell, Catherine (1 October 1993). "EFC to bands: You're in the Armory now" (PDF). The Triangle. p. 18. Retrieved 14 August 2018.