A fire in the mid-1980s damaged the second floor and burned a hole in the metal roof, leaving the interior of the building open to the elements. Over the decades, snow and rain gradually destroyed the floors, walls, ceilings and most of the interior woodwork. The building stood padlocked and dark until 2002, when a Save America’s Treasures grant paid for the armory’s stabilization. Masons carefully rebuilt much of the brickwork along the tops of the exterior walls, installed new floors and a temporary roof, and rebuilt the fire-damaged eastern wall.