SAN ANTONIO, TX – Brooks started construction on a $2.8 million rehabilitation and restoration project of the historic Hangar 9 building, built in 1918. The building is the oldest wooden aircraft hangar of its kind still standing in its original location. Hangar 9 is a San Antonio Historic Landmark, listed in the Texas State Historical Survey, the National Register of Historic Places, and is a National Historic Landmark. A ceremony to mark the beginning of this important work was held in the adjacent plaza with San Antonio District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, Brooks Chairman Manuel Villa, community members, and representatives from the San Antonio Conservation Society.

Brooks started construction on a $2.8 million rehabilitation and restoration project of the historic Hangar 9 building, built in 1918.
Brooks hosted a groundbreaking ceremony, Tuesday, for the $2.8 million rehabilitation and restoration project of the historic Hangar 9 building, built in 1918.

“The United States is in the midst of honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I, so it is most appropriate that we begin this work now to protect this important historic treasure for future generations,” said Brooks Chairman Manuel Villa. “By making this investment, we will rehabilitate this building and bring new life to it, so that future generations can begin to make new memories here through family gatherings and celebrations and other community events.”

The $2.8 million project will take approximately one year to complete. The work will provide foundation and structural repairs, electrical upgrades, installation of new windows and doors, painting and siding replacement, new paving and landscaping, and accessibility improvements. Once complete, the building will be made available for use to the public for community and business events and special gatherings.

Brooks Chairman Manuel Villa presenting the Hangar 9 windsock to Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran.
Brooks Chairman Manuel Villa presenting the Hangar 9 windsock to Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran.

“We have so many beautiful, historic treasures in District 3 and I’m proud of the work we’ve done to protect and celebrate them so that people from all over the world can enjoy and experience what’s made our community so special,” said Councilwoman Viagran. “Now that the Brooks campus is open and this beautiful Hangar is being brought back to life, this will be a cherished location, rich with all kinds of new memories for decades to come.”

The work to restore Hangar 9 complements a recently completed $560,000 project to restore the Sidney Brooks gravesite and memorial. Sidney Brooks is the namesake of the former U.S. Air Force Base and was among the first U.S. Army aviators in World War I. The rehabilitated space provides visitors easier access to the memorial and creates an open air gathering place with seating and lighting. Together, the gravesite, memorial and adjacent Hangar 9 building comprise the historic heart of the almost 100 year-old campus.

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