Lansing gets grant to help restore Ford Hangar

2013-09-30T13:47:00Z 2013-10-01T00:39:15Z Lansing gets grant to help restore Ford HangarGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
September 30, 2013 1:47 pm  • 

LANSING | Landmarks Illinois Historic Preservation Fund, which helps with historic preservation projects across the state, has provided a grant to Lansing municipal government to help restore its historic hangar structure at the Lansing Municipal Airport.

The organization provided a $2,500 grant to the village for use on restoration of the Ford Hangar that is part of the airport at Burnham Avenue and Glenwood-Lansing Road at the far south edge of Lansing.

Restoration work on the structure built in 1926 is being overseen by the Lansing Historical Society and the Ford Hangar Foundation, with officials saying the structure needs stabilization work due to age and water damage caused throughout the decades.

When they applied for the grant back in May, officials said money from the grant could be used either for roof repairs or to try to fix its sliding doors.

Landmarks Illinois officials say the structure is notable for design concepts such as large sliding doors on a wheeled track that could be opened by one person, expansive windows to allow as much natural light and ventilation as possible, and cantilevered construction allowing for more interior space.

Village officials have said they have a comprehensive plan to restore all of the hangar in phases, and need to raise about $50,000 for the entire project. Landmarks Illinois grants can range in size from $500 to $2,500, with local officials being required to match the amount with local funds or volunteer labor or services.

Of the state grant, Village President Norm Abbott said in a prepared statement, “This is the first step towards rehabilitating the historic Ford Tri-Motor Hangar, a building on the National Register of Historic Places, and an important asset within our community.”

The Ford Hangar was built by Ford Motor Co. as a structure meant to accommodate the auto maker’s fleet of airplanes that connected the auto plants in the Chicago area with those in Detroit and Cleveland.

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