The Hirsch Armory Panels | SC National Guard


In an unlikely blending of art and utilitarian architecture in the 1950s, Charleston-born and world-renowned sculptor, Willard Hirsch, was commissioned by the South Carolina National Guard to create a unifying icon to adorn the entries to nearly forty new Cold War armories in South Carolina. The art deco, bas relief panels depict the history of the Guard soldiers from Colonial days through World War II and provide an interesting contrast and compliment to the “brutalist” style design of the facilities that reside in small communities across the Palmetto State.  

The project was funded by The South Carolina Army National Guard