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Air Terminal Museum is a museum located in Houston, Texas, United
States at William P. Hobby Airport. Collections are housed in the
original art deco building which served as the first terminal for
passenger flight in Houston. The museum currently exhibits several
collections focusing on Houston's commercial aviation history and
is operated by the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society (HAHS), a
recognized Texas 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The museum is
housed in the Houston Municipal Airport Terminal, an airport
terminal that was constructed in 1940. The terminal building is an
example of classic art deco airport architecture from the 1940s.
The terminal served Houston during the years when air travelers
dressed in formal clothing and embarked for destinations aboard
roaring prop liners like the Douglas DC-3 and the Lockheed
Constellation. Designed by architect Joseph Finger (who also
designed Houston's City Hall), the terminal was built to meet
Houston's growing role as a center for air commerce in the 1930s.
The terminal served as the primary commercial air terminal for
Houston until 1954, and was used by various tenants until 1978. In
1978, Hobby Airport's manager James Delong proposed demolishing the
1940 terminal to free up ramp space, but enthusiasts blocked the
demolition. The terminal was then unoccupied for nearly 30 years.
Opening Day of the Houston Municipal Airport, September 28, 1940 In
1998, a non profit organization, the Houston Aeronautical Heritage
Society (HAHS), was formed primarily to save the threatened
terminal building. HAHS recognized that funding and renovation must
be completed in phases, and began a plan to restore the entire
building. In l...http: //booksllc.net/?id=881005
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