Get to Know Our Venues

San Jose Armory

We have a lot of event venues in the Non Plus Ultra portfolio, all of which come with a rich history. Get to know our venues like you never have before! This week get to know our first South Bay spot, the San Jose Armory. This brief history includes a basic rundown of how the building came to be, information about the venue’s time as an armory for the California National Guard, and Non Plus Ultra’s takeover. 

The Basics 

The San Jose Armory was constructed in 1934 to fit the needs of the 3rd Brigade, 40th Infantry division of the California National Guard during the Great Depression. The Spanish Revival style building is located just half a block away from Saint James Park. The Civic Center, and Convention Center are also in close proximity to the Armory. This makes it a true event space staple in Downtown San Jose.  

How the Venue Served the CA National Guard 

As one of the original armories owned by the state of California, The San Jose Armory was constructed when reports were released stating that San Jose was one of five Bay Area cities in desperate need for one. The San Jose Armory was the seventh built out of ten armories that California owned during World War II. Originally constructed in the mid 1930s, the Armory was called into service for federal use in 1941 for use.  

Because it was built after the 1940s, the Armory has a unique appearance in comparison to its post-1940s counterparts. Armories constructed after this time were designed by the Office of the California State Architect. The San Jose Armory, however, was designed prior to the 1940s and features a second story and Spanish Revival flair.  

Non Plus Ultra’s Takeover 

Non Plus Ultra took over the Armory in 2019. To celebrate joining the San Jose community, we held an event that was a tribute to local artists. NPU partnered with Content Magazine to showcase the work of different musicians, painters, and culinary masters. The event was a true demonstration of community togetherness.  

The Armory played an important part in San Jose history, and thanks to NPU it will remain an important part of the San Jose community. Between serving the California National Guard and serving San Jose as an event space, the armory will live on as one of the most exciting places in San Jose.  

To read more about Non Plus Ultra and the Armory, check out this article from Mercury News. If you’re interested in hosting an event at the Armory, send us a message HERE