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Property Name Administration Building, U.S. Naval Air Station Ottumwa
Reference Number 13000273
State Iowa
County Wapello
Town Ottumwa
Street Address Terminal Avenue (aka Yorktown Avenue), Ottumwa, IA
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/14/2013
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The Administration Building for U.S. Naval Air Station Ottumwa has local Criterion A significance as the nerve center of the World War II navy facility, and local Criterion C significance as an example of regulated government design for a military complex of the period and is noteworthy because of the unusual building material used, glazed hollow tile instead of the wood frame construction normally used for military installations. The period of significance for this building is 1943 to 1947, beginning with the completion of the first buildings on the facility and ending with the closing of U.S. Naval Air Station Ottumwa. The Administration Building is representative of the entire Naval Air Station, much of which has been demolished within the past decade.


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