The Historic Hangar

Inside the Historic Hangar with a view out the hangar doors facing west.
The Historic Hangar provides a great venue for larger events, the interior of the space is pictured above.

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About the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum

Pearson Air Museum's Historic Hangar was built in 1921, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Around 1924, it was moved to its current location by the Army Air Service.

Today, the Historic Hangar is located adjacent to Pearson Air Museum, a part of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The Historic Hangar is accessible through Pearson Air Museum. It also has large barn-style doors which open this space to the outdoors for indoor-outdoor events.

The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum provides an excellent venue for weddings, luncheons, parties and other larger events, and celebrations of life.

Venue-Specific Information


1115 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA, 98661, adjacent to Pearson Air Museum.

The Historic Hangar can accommodate different attendee capacities based on how the space is used. For events with theater style seating, this venue can accommodate 400 attendees. For events with banquet style seating, this venue can accommodate 300 attendees. For events that include the grounds surrounding the Historic Hangar, this event can accommodate 500 attendees.

The venue is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Accessible restrooms are available.

The hangar includes an accessible restroom, access to electricity, tables, and chairs.

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.

Please contact the Special Park Use office at (360) 816-6241 or to receive a short-term lease application. Learn more about obtaining an application form here.

Application Fee

A $100 application processing fee is due with the application. This fee is non-refundable and may be paid by credit card, cashier's check, or check (made payable to National Park Service) only.

Short-Term Leasing Rates

Weekends and Holidays:(Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Holiday): $325 per hour. Minimum rental time 4 hours. Set up and removal time also charged.

Weekdays:(Monday-Thursday; Excludes Holidays) $120 per daytime hour between 7 am and 5 pm. $200 per evening hour between 5 pm and 11 pm. Day and evening fees apply for events spanning day and evening hours. Minimum rental time 4 hours. Set up and removal time also charged. 

Management Costs

Management costs are 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 per hour.

General Guidelines

  • Your Special Use Permit does not grant exclusive access to the grounds surrounding the Historic Hangar, including the public parking areas on East Evergreen Blvd. For increased privacy, it recommended that you schedule your event early or after hours.
  • Due to the archaeological significance of the site, ground disturbance, including staking, is not allowed.
  • The releasing of balloons, doves or butterflies and throwing of rice, birdseed, flower petals or other natural or artificial material is prohibited.
  • Due to the natural terrain of the area, set-ups such as chairs, carpet runners, arches, trellises, podiums, organs/pianos, loud music instruments or related items are not allowed. Certain flowers are permitted as long as they arrive and depart with the permittee. Please indicate on the application.
  • Torches, fires, grilling, cooking, and other sources of open flame are prohibited.
  • Balloons are prohibited.
  • Music, both amplified and non-amplified (acoustic), may be permitted upon request and must be managed at a level not to exceed 85 dB measured at the perimeter of the event.
  • Freestanding directional signs related to the event are permitted and are to be removed immediately by the event. Affixing directional signage to government property is prohibited. Any posted signs will be removed. Please coordinate with park staff on the placement of event signs.
  • Inflatable play structures, including but not limited to bounce houses and slides, are prohibited.
  • Vehicles, including, but not limited to, horse-drawn and electric carts are prohibited outside of paved roadways.
  • The sale of all merchandise, including, but not limited, to T-shirts, clothing, and arts and crafts, and vending of food/beverages on parkland is prohibited.
  • Fundraising or requests for donations are prohibited
  • Alcohol may be consumed on-site, but not be sold. If you anticipate serving alcohol at your event, please let the National Park Service staff know during the permitting process.
  • No gum, Jellybeans, or gummy types of candy, e.g. gummy bears, Swedish Fish, licorice, or any other type of product that would stick to the floor, walls, or furnishings in a building.
  • Before and immediately following the event, a National Park Service and permitted representative will complete a Facility and Equipment Checklist indicating the condition of the Bandstand.
  • Nailing, taping, hanging of items or hammocks are prohibited. All decorations and trash must be removed from the park within the permitted time period. If park staff must clean up or repair damage upon your departure, the permittee will be billed additional fees.
  • Additional documents may be required, including a Certificate of Insurance, a performance bond, and 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 proposed.

Contact Information

Mailing address: 800 Hatheway Road Building 722, Vancouver, WA 98661
Email: Office of Special Park Use
Phone: (360) 816-6241

Apply For a Permit

Learn more about the application process for permitted events at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

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Last updated: January 13, 2023

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Mailing Address:

800 Hatheway Road, Bldg 722
Vancouver, WA 98661


360 816-6230

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