The Riding Hall

An older picture of the drill hall

Photo courtesy of University of Vermont Special Collections

The Riding Hall, or Drill Hall as we know it today, was built in 1895.  It was used for cavalry until 1944 when it became the post gymnasium.  Its location at the center of the Fort signifies its importance to the Fort community. The drill hall was not only used for practicing and exercising the cavalry, it was also used for entertainment purposes before the building of Herrouet Theater.  Moving pictures were shown Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights according to a summer handbook from 1927.  Today the building is appreciated for its Romanesque Revival style brick entrance.  The beautiful old wooden doors have been replaced and some windows boarded up but the building is still very representative of its past.  For further information on Romanesque Revival style see, www.uvm.edu/~vhnet/histarch/haas03.html.   The building is now currently the home of the Vermont Youth Orchestra.  

rider and horse practicing jumps, next to the drill hall

Photo courtesy of University of Vermont Special Collections

New Uses for Drill Hall

 

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