In 1962, the name of the Duval County armory was changed to the Maxwell G. Snyder Armory, honoring the commanding general of the National Guard's 48th Armored Division. In 1973 the city's Recreation and Public Affairs Department took over the old armory building next adjacent to Confederate/Klutho Park.

In the 1990s the city allowed emerging businesses and non-profit groups to use space in the building, but it was plagued by maintenance problems and occasional flooding.

The building has been vacant for many years. Last year, Mayor Alvin Brown briefly considering reopening a homeless center in the building.