Holman Field Administration Building

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Holman Field Administration Building
Holman Control tower.jpg
Holman Field Administration Building is located in Minnesota
Holman Field Administration Building
Location 644 Bayfield Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°56′31″N 93°3′53″W / 44.94194°N 93.06472°W / 44.94194; -93.06472Coordinates: 44°56′31″N 93°3′53″W / 44.94194°N 93.06472°W / 44.94194; -93.06472
Built 1939
Architect Clarence Wigington
Architectural style Moderne
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 91001004[1]
Added to NRHP August 15, 1991

The Holman Field Administration Building is a Kasota limestone building designed by Clarence Wigington and built in 1939 by WPA employees. It serves as the control building for the St. Paul Downtown Airport in Saint Paul in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The airport was named for Charles W. Holman, who won the U.S. air speed trials in 1930. The airfield was built on the former site of Lamprey Lake, which was filled with dredged material from the adjacent Mississippi River, which regularly floods the airport. Across the river in Indian Mounds Park is one of the last remaining airway beacons in the country.[2][3][4]

During World War II, Northwest Airlines employed up to 5000 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.[5]


  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Lee, Steve (2002-05-18). "Holman Field". Mississippi River Field Guide. Friends of the Mississippi River. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ Helms, Marisa (2006-04-05). "Airport flood project stirs the waters in St. Paul". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  4. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3. 
  5. ^ Kenney, Dave (2004). Minnesota Goes to War - The Home front During World War II. Minnesota Historical Society Press. Retrieved 2008-01-30.