Richard Siciliano, left, vice-president of Westerly Armory Restoration, Inc., received a check recently from State Sen. Samuel Azzinaro to assist with a project involving the granite stairs and the underpinnings in the basement of the Westerly Armory, a Save America’s Site as declared by the U.S. Congress.
Over its 118 year existence, the front stairs of the armory have moved forward, exposing water and air to the basement below. Although there has not been a flood of water, the supporting elements including some metal work have been eroding. The project will move the stairs back and create new structural support for both the stairs and atrium.
There will also be a new doorway created to connect the Armory’s coal roam to the large L-shaped hallway, adding a second means of egress from the coal room. The coal room shows off the stone work of the Armory and will become a museum workshop and gallery. The state grant, along with one from the Champlin Foundation and another from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will pay for this significant renovation.