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Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
Acting Superintendent Kym Hall announced today demolition is underway of the former "Pavilion" structure at Wright Brothers National Memorial.The contractor, Florida Exposition Services, has experience in removal of the type of structure.
The work began on September 22, 2014 with the removal of interior lights and other items.The structural elements including the fabric exterior of approximately 17,000 square feet of the main sections, including the exhibit area and the auditorium with hangar door, will be removed in the next two weeks.
The structure, built prior for the 2003 Centennial of the First Flight, was intended to be a temporary structure in nature.The primary purpose of the temporary facility was to support operations, programs and the 2003 Centennial event serving the mission of and purpose of the Memorial.The facility was utilized as space for additional exhibit displays and interpretive programming, a small bookstore, and an auditorium for the past several years. Removal of the Pavilion structure allows the Wright Brothers National Memorial grounds to return to a more historically accurate landscape.
The removal of the structure should be completed by mid-October.
For more information, call park headquarters at 252-473-2111.