Faculty Advisor

Samson, M. David


The Higgins Armory Museum, designed by Joseph D. Leland, was founded in 1931 by John Woodman Higgins on the site of the Worcester Pressed Steel Company. Through the construction of the museum, Higgins's thoughts on modern pressed steel products as craft were brought to life through their pairing with the metalworking used to create the medieval armor found [in] Higgins's collection. In addition to the pairing of armor and modern machine made [products] as exemplars of the "craft" used in Gothic and modern metalworking, the museum is housed inside a modern steel and glass structure. This building utlilizes components made in the factories of "Presteel" and traditional Beaux-Arts principles employed by Leland, to create a unique and valuable structure in American architectural history. This paper aims to place the Higgins Armory Museum in context with other significant works of American architecture, while also providing a detailed history of the museum, its founder, and architect. It is a continuation of a [previous] work written for Professor David Samson in the Department of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts