Awards of Excellence:
Kansas Aviation Museum

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Built: 1935 | Year Saved: 1991
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

The original Wichita Air Terminal and subsequently the main administration building for McConnell Air Force Base and then administration and training facilities for the Kansas Air National Guard had fallen into disrepair with imminent demolition.

Closed in 1982 and severely deteriorated, this historic Kansas aviation landmark was threatened with destruction when a small group of aviation enthusiasts worked to secure the building from the federal government and subsequently restored the building for its current use as the Kansas Aviation Museum. The Preservation Advocacy Award is for the Kansas Aviation Museum’s commitment to Historic Preservation through Advocacy Leadership for the restoration and renovation of the Historic Administrative Building, Wichita Municipal Airport.

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