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> The balcony along the southern wall is built to resemble the bridge of a battleship.
> This building contains two 12-foot-tall murals by Lucia Wiley and Elsa Jemne. They are one of the few remaining examples of Federal Arts Project pieces.
> At the same time the building was used by the Minnesota National Guard, it was also used as an entertainment facility, hosting concerts, sporting events (wrestling, boxing, Minnesota Lakers basketball games), and conventions.
> 1935-1936 - The armory is built.
> 1935 - The Minnesota National Guard occupies the armory for training, storage, and recreation.
> 1980 - The National Guard moves out.
> 1989 - Hennepin County purchases the building for $4,700,000 with the intent of knocking it down to build a jail. The plan is blocked after the sale by a court ruling.
> 1998 - The building is sold for $2,600,000 to a private company which renovates it for use as a parking garage.
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