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Base Operations Building (McCarran Air Field Terminal)

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McCarran Air Field Terminal
1939, Wilson, Merrill, and Alexander. 1988, 1990s

This building is the only example on the base of the Pueblo Revival style dating from the 1930s and 1940s. The use of a regional architectural style reflects the building's originally planned function as a commercial Western Air Express depot serving as a gateway to Las Vegas and the Southwest. It was built jointly by the Army Air Force and the city of Las Vegas as part of a program to develop the terminal in conjunction with the army's need for a wartime gunnery school. After the war, the city agreed to construct a new commercial air terminal at the current site of McCarran International Airport, and the depot became part of the permanent military base. The Air Force has remodeled the building so many times that little of the original fabric remains. Stucco covers brick walls; windows have been replaced; and the interior has been virtually gutted and redone.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


What's Nearby


Julie Nicoletta, "Base Operations Building (McCarran Air Field Terminal)", [Nellis AFB, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 227-228.

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