Pearson Air Museum
Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar
Built around 1918, the historic building originally served the Cut-up Plant of the Vancouver Spruce Mill, operated by the U.S. Army Signal Corps' Spruce Production Division. Around 1924, the building was moved to its present location by the Army Air Service.
"This building is an especially significant one, as exemplified by its listing on the National Register of Historic Places," explained Greg Shine, Chief Ranger & Historian. " At its peak in October 1918, the Vancouver Spruce Mill employed over 3,000 soldiers and cut and shipped one million board feet of aircraft spruce each working day. Not only is this hangar building one of only a few remaining from that Spruce Mill era, it also represents the site's later aviation history. Its repurposing as an aircraft hangar in the 1920's, during the Golden Age of Aviation, also serves as an early example of adaptive reuse."
Venue Specific Information
Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA, 98661, adjacent to the main museum hangar
The hangar holds a maximum of 100 to 300 people, depending on layout and event activity.
The venue is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Accessible restrooms are available.
The hangar includes an accessible restroom and access to electricity. It is available on an as-is basis; no additional equipment is provided.
Pearson Air Museum has 42 parking spaces available for use in the main parking area. Parking on designated public parking areas of Fifth Street is available as well; however street parking may also be used by the public and cannot be guaranteed. No parking is permitted on any grassy area adjacent to the Pearson Air Museum.
To apply for a permit to reserve the Historic Hangar for your activity, please complete an application form and return it to the park, along with a $100 application fee (see below). This form can be picked up in person at the visitor information desk at Pearson Air Museum, the Visitor Center, or the reconstructed stockade, or you can download it here. It can be submitted to the park at these same places, mailed to the park at the address listed on the form, or emailed to us.
A $100 application processing fee is due with the application. This fee is non-refundable, and may be paid by check (made payable to National Park Service) or cashiers check only. Payment of the Application Fee does not guarantee that the National Park Service will issue a permit. Complex applications and proposed activities may require more extensive review; in these cases, a permittee may be charged an additional application fee.
Management costs are costs that may be incurred by the park through expanding park hours of operation, monitoring, supporting, cleaning up, or restoring a resource after event use. They are recovered at a rate of $50/hour per employee.
Your special use permit does not grant access to Pearson Air Museum. The Historic Hangar is located adjacent to the Pearson Air Museum with permitted use limited to the Historic Hangar. For increased privacy, it is recommended that you schedule your event outside of Pearson Air Museum’s operating hours.
Alcohol may be consumed on site, but may not be sold. If you anticipate serving alcohol at your event, please let the National Park Service staff know during the permitting process.
Prior to and immediately following the event, a National Park Service and permittee representative will complete a Facility and Equipment Checklist indicating the condition of the Historic Hangar.
All decorations and trash must be removed from the park within the permitted time period; should park staff find it necessary to perform additional cleanup or repair damage upon your departure, you will be billed for these costs.
Additional documents may be required, including a Certificate of Insurance, a performance bond, and/or a permit from the City of Vancouver. The National Park Service staff member facilitating your request will discuss these with you as necessary, depending on the size, scope, and type of activity being proposed.
It is important to also review the link below when considering this venue for your event.
For questions, please e-mail or call the Reservation Coordinator at (360) 816-6241.
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