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Smith Reynolds Airport (INT)

3801 N. Liberty St
Winston-Salem NC United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Finished1941
Floor Count5
Basement Floors1
Building Uses
 - transportation
 - traffic control
Structural Types
 - lowrise
 - tower
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - streamline moderne
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - aluminium
 - marble
 - brick
 - concrete


Description
Architect: Howard Cheney

Built in 1919, this was one of the nation's first airports. It was expanded in 1927 and again in 1941. Smith Reynolds was a training airport for the US Airforce during World War Two. After the war, improvements made by the Airforce, made Smith Reynolds the nation's top airport. Smith Reynolds was home to Piedmont Airlines and was a major airport for Eastern Airlines and Capitol Airlines. A representative from Eastern Airlines said in 1942, “No one can deny that this is the finest terminal in the United States.” It featured a two-story high wall of windows overlooking the landing field, stained glass windows, sculptures, a large mural, a restaurant and snack bar, and an upscale private club with fine wood paneling and a marble fireplace. In the 1950's Smith Reynolds was the standard by which all other airports in the state were measured. Smith Reynolds was North Carolina's leading airport in passenger traffic until the 1970's.

The airport was renamed and dedicated to aviation pioneer Zachary Smith Reynolds in 1942.

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