Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Airport sports new old look

NEW ORLEANS -- Restoration of the 1930-era Lakefront Airport terminal along Lake Pontchartrain will be unveiled Saturday at 10 a.m. Damage from Hurricane Katrina led to the decision to restore the terminal to its original Depression-era look. Construction on the original building began around 1929, and the airport started taking commercial flights in 1933 but wasn't officially christened until 1934. During the Cold War the building was remodeled, turned into a virtual fortress with concrete two inches thick. But the architects recognized the importance of the art deco design and were careful to protect it for posterity. That care made the renovation possible. (Source: Times Picayune, 09/25/13)