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Gault Aviation Hangar

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1961, Joe L. Williams; Wallace R. Wilkerson, engineer. Corpus Christi Airport at 1000 International Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This is one of the original light aircraft storage facilities for the new airport complex. A distinctive, if not eccentric, example of thin shell concrete construction, the large, post-tensioned, rib-vaulted hangar is flanked at its sides by twelve pointed hyperbolic paraboloids placed at equally spaced intervals to provide stability and to give a new, aerodynamic meaning to the term “flying buttress.”

At the center of the airport complex, the Hayden W. Head Terminal Building (2002), designed by Arthur M. Gensler and Associates with a set of S-curved roofs, replaced the earlier terminal executed in 1960 in concrete folded-plate construction.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



  • 1961

  • 2002


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Gault Aviation Hangar", [Corpus Christi, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 250-250.

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