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February 7, 2024

Hudson Cultural Alliance obtains historic armory, aims to create entertainment center

A large two-story brick structure Image | Courtesy of Hudson Cultural Alliance The Hudson Armory

Following a $1-million effort, a culture-focused nonprofit has assumed ownership of the historic Hudson Armory, setting the stage for a renovation to see the space turned into a regional arts and entertainment destination.

The Hudson Cultural Alliance, a volunteer nonprofit organization seeking to convert the 114-year-old armory into a regional arts and cultural center, obtained ownership of the building on Friday, according to a press release issued by HCA on Tuesday. HCA’s acquisition of the property followed a multi-year process, which saw the formerly state-owned armory being transferred to the Town of Hudson before being handed over to the nonprofit.

“Assuming ownership of the Hudson Armory is a momentous occasion,” Tom Desmond, president of the Hudson Cultural Alliance, said in the release. “It signals a new chapter in our quest to create a vibrant cultural destination for Hudson and beyond."

The armory was utilized by the Massachusetts National Guard for approximately 100 years and has served as a training ground for local police and firefighter training. The Hudson Cultural Alliance was formed in 2019 in an attempt to spearhead redevelopment of the site. In 2020, the Town’s select board and town meeting members approved the organization’s plans to convert the building into a cultural hub. 

HCA has raised nearly $1 million in support of the redevelopment of the facility, which will be designed by Ed Nunes of Hudson-based EFN Architects. Contributions to the project include a $25,000 state grant, a $10,000 donation from Middlesex Savings Bank in Natick, and a $200,000 matching grant from the Boston-based Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

“Our architectural vision aims to seamlessly blend history and modernity, preserving the Armory's charm for future generations,” Nunes said in the press release. 

Plans for the facility include workshops, performance and exhibition space, and artist studio space, according to HCA’s website. 

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