Treasure Island Airport"Calif. At the conclusion of the 1939 Golden Gate Internatioml Exposition Treasure Island will provide a 400-acre level site for a new San Francisco Airport. The $800,000 airport terminal in the finishing stages and two huge concrete hangars are already completed. The port of Trade Winds (foreground) will later be used as a seaplane basin."
‘These twin hangars were constructed for permanent use to be part of a future flying field but were made available for temporary use by the exposition. Each structure has mechanically operated doors 200 feet wide and 40 feet high with a possible increase in height to 65 feet at the centers. A one-story shop wing 40 feet wide extends along one side of each building. The two structures were completed in June 1938 at a total cost for both of $709,239.’–Short and Brown, p. 534.
The west hangar was the Hall of Transportation and the east hangar was the Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts for the Golden Gate International Exposition.
“Treasure Island was originally intended to be a municipal airport after the fair, but was turned over to the US Navy when World War II began.”
Short, C. W. (Charles Wilkins) and Stanley-Brown, R. (Rudolph). Public Buildings : a Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration. Washington, D.C. : Public Works Administration : U.S. G.P.O., 1939.
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