Designated: November 25, 1980
The Marine Air Terminal is today the only active airport terminal in the United States dating from the first generation of passenger air travel. While uses for the building have changed, very few alterations have been made to the exterior of the building. It remains today an exceptional example of the Art Deco Style, and of a building type unique to the 20th century.
The interior of the Marine Air Terminal includes a circular main room of great beauty created through the use of pure geometric spaces and forms, rich materials, and a mural “Flight.” This mural was painted by James Brooks, an internationally recognized artist, and it is an excellent representative of the artistic achievements sponsored by the Works Progress Administration.
STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark
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