Lengthy Seashore Airport Closes its Historic Terminal. Briefly

Lengthy Seashore Airport Terminal circa 1962 – Courtesy of the airport

Over the previous week, the Caught on the Airport staff has shared information of how Kansas Metropolis determined to exchange an outdated terminal with a model new one at Kansas Metropolis Worldwide Airport (MCI). And of a brand new museum in Atchison, Kansas devoted to iconic aviator Amelia Earhart.

At this time we share some information about Lengthy Seashore, which is conserving and preserving its historic Long Beach Airport (LGB) terminal. The airport, also referred to as Daugherty Area, is the place Amelia Earhart took her first airplane journey in 1920.

Lengthy Seashore Airport Historic Terminal

The terminal constructing at Lengthy Seashore Airport was in-built 1941 within the iconic Streamline Moderne Type. It’s the oldest municipally-owned airport in California.

Designed by William Horace Austin and Kenneth Smith Wing, the groundbreaking for the Historic Terminal passed off on Jan. 11, 1941, with the constructing scheduled to open on Dec. 8 of that yr.

The Pearl Harbor assault on Dec. 7 delayed the opening, led to the cancellation of all business flights, and resulted within the constructing being painted in camouflage and used as lodging for troopers and navy tools.

The formal opening occurred on April 25, 1942.

Now a Lengthy Seashore Historic Landmark, the terminal constructing can also be residence to not too long ago restored mosaic masterpieces created by Grace Clements below the Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Challenge.

LGB Terminal Renovation Challenge

Beginning this week, Long Beach Airport (LGB)’s Historic Terminal quickly closes for a year-long renovation that may embrace a seismic retrofit and restoration of a lot of its traditional 1941 design components.

Preliminary renovation efforts started whereas the Historic Terminal was partially open to the general public. However now, airport officers say, a full closure of the constructing is critical to finish the renovation of the restrooms and constructing infrastructure, restoration of coated mosaic tiles, and different Artwork Deco design components.

The restored terminal constructing is predicted to reopen in early 2024 and is one piece of a multi-part terminal enchancment program. Two main parts have been accomplished within the spring of 2022, together with the brand new Ticketing Foyer and Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) facility. A brand new Baggage Declare is at present below building and scheduled to open within the coming months.

Part I of the Terminal Space Enchancment Program created an award-winning indoor-outdoor passenger concourse in 2012.

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