Photo, Print, Drawing Naval Air Station Dallas, Drill Hall and Gynasium, Navy Circle/ Halsey Drive, Dallas, Dallas County, TX
About this Item
- Naval Air Station Dallas, Drill Hall and Gynasium, Navy Circle/ Halsey Drive, Dallas, Dallas County, TX
- Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
- Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office
- Moore, Cooper, White & Moore, Architect
- White, E. S., Architect
- U.S. Navy, Owner
- Powell, W. M., Construction Overseer
- Turner, Collie & Braden , project manager
- Hardy Heck Moore & Associates, Inc. of Austin Texas, field team
- Williams, Diane E., Principle Investigator
- Williams, Diane E., architectural historian
- Wright, Elliot K., field team
- Melde, Craig, project manager
- King, Craig, project manager
- Solamillo, Stan, field team supervisor
Created / Published
- Documentation compiled after 1933
- - drill halls
- - gymnasiums
- - naval yards & naval stations
- - war (World War II)
- - Texas -- Dallas County -- Dallas
Latitude / Longitude
- - STORED ON SITE. mchr
- - Significance: The Drill Hall and Gymnasium is significant for its dual functions as a training facility and a socially oriented support building. The Drill Hall portion of the building was directly associated with the Naval Air Station (NAS) Dallas mission, and the Gymnasium provided essential opportunities for active recreation important to the physical and mental health of base personnel. Built in 1943 to provide additional training and recreational space, it continues to provide recreational space, it continues to provide recreational opportunities as a gymnasium. Undertaken in support of the base's growing pilot training mission, the building's dual functions contributed to the expanding role that aviation played in Naval operations as World War II progressed. Moreover, it is a tangible link to the Navy's presence in the Dallas-Grand Prairie area and is representative of the important role NAS Dallas played in local history. Designed by Moore, Cooper, White & Moore, Architects and Engineers, Houston, Texas, with E.S. White serving as the project architect and L.t Commander W.M. Powell, CEC, USNR, in charge of construction, the Drill Hall and Gymnasium is a utilitarian building with a laminated-wood-arch ceiling support system that may be modeled on a prototype developed for the military by the New York City firm of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, designers of the Empire State Building. The building resembles as aircraft hangar (popular tradition at the base refers to this building as an old hangar, a use it did not have), an appropriate reference considering the mission of the base. Built at the same time as installations at Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Chase Field (Beeville), Texas, and NAAS Kingsville, the Drill Hall and Gymnasium at NAS Dallas resembles surviving landplane hangars at Beeville and Kingsville. It is a distinctive example of World War II military architecture and illustrates one type of building the navy specified. Despite significant alterations to the building, it retains its massing, form, and ability to convey a sense of time and place.
- - Survey number: HABS TX-3408-D
- - Building/structure dates: HABS TX-3408-D
- Photo(s): 10
- Data Page(s): 13
- Photo Caption Page(s): 1
Call Number/Physical Location
- HABS TX-3408-D
- Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
- Hardy Heck Moore & Associates, Inc. Of Austin Texas
- Historic American Buildings Survey
- King, Craig
- Melde, Craig
- Moore, Cooper, White & Moore
- Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office
- Powell, W. M.
- Solamillo, Stan
- Turner, Collie & Braden
- U.S. Navy
- White, E. S.
- Williams, Diane E.
- Wright, Elliot K.
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Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Welfare And Recreation Office Morale, Cooper Moore, E. S White, Owner U.S. Navy, W. M Powell, Collie & Braden Turner, et al. Naval Air Station Dallas, Drill Hall and Gynasium, Navy Circle/ Halsey Drive, Dallas, Dallas County, TX. Dallas County Texas Dallas, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/tx1263/.
APA citation style:
Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Morale, W. A. R. O., Moore, C., White, E. S., U.S. Navy, O., Powell, W. M. [...] Solamillo, S. (1933) Naval Air Station Dallas, Drill Hall and Gynasium, Navy Circle/ Halsey Drive, Dallas, Dallas County, TX. Dallas County Texas Dallas, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/tx1263/.
MLA citation style:
Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al. Naval Air Station Dallas, Drill Hall and Gynasium, Navy Circle/ Halsey Drive, Dallas, Dallas County, TX. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/tx1263/>.