Up next- the Connecticut Street Armory. This giant castle-like building was built in 1899 and is a historic National Guard armory. This is another Buffalo gem listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s home to the 74th Regiment of the New York National Guard. What’s really crazy is that building alone takes up 3 acres! A whopping 280,362 square feet counting all three stories! It’s not a surprise that this was the largest armory in the entire country at the time it was built. Another fun fact- the armory is made of Medina sandstone and is in the Sandstone Hall of Fame! Yup, Medina, NY, not too far out from B-lo. And Medina sandstone is pretty darn interesting, too! It was such a great material to work with, and it’s maintained its strength and beauty after over 100 years. It’s fireproof and the appearance today is almost identical to the day the armory was built. The sandstone is so awesome that it’s been shipped to and used in the New York State Capitol and Buckingham Palace! It’s incredible how much awesome history we have, not only in Buffalo, but all of Western New York!