Riverside Hangar

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Riverside Hangar
Spairport1.jpg
Riverside Hangars in the foreground
Riverside Hangar is located in Minnesota
Riverside Hangar
Location 690 Bayfield Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°56′30″N 93°3′43″W / 44.94167°N 93.06194°W / 44.94167; -93.06194Coordinates: 44°56′30″N 93°3′43″W / 44.94167°N 93.06194°W / 44.94167; -93.06194
Built 1942
Architect Unit Structures & Rilco, Inc.
Architectural style similar to Quonset hut
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 07001315[1]
Added to NRHP December 27, 2007

The Riverside Hangars are semi-cylindrical-shaped hangars for aircraft installed at Saint Paul Downtown Airport in 1942, immediately adjacent to the Mississippi River. Their important design features are their low-cost and that they were erectable quickly by unskilled workers. In Saint Paul, Minnesota, during World War II, Northwest Airlines employed up to 5,000 people at the site, modifying new B-24 Liberator bombers, some of which received the highly classified H2X radar, which proved to be an invaluable tool in the European theater.[2] Due to frequent flooding, proposals have been introduced to build a flood wall on the riverbank, but opposition and cost have thus far squelched the plans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Kenney, Dave (2004). "Minnesota Goes to War - The Home front During World War II". Minnesota Historical Society Press. Retrieved 2008-01-30.