Restoring the Curtiss-Wright Hangar looks like quite a challenge


Remember the recent post about plans to restore and preserve the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at the Hamilton-Owens Airport, turning it into a restaurant, museum and events venue?

Well, I happened to be driving by it on my way to watch the Twins playing soccer the other day, and got a good look at it.

The folks undertaking this really have their work cut out for them…


10 thoughts on “Restoring the Curtiss-Wright Hangar looks like quite a challenge

  1. Kathryn Fenner

    Yeah, so Round-up.

    The guys doing this include architect Joe Rogers, who supervised the Statehouse and Governor’s Compound renos, and worked for Darla Moore….

    1. Mark Stewart

      So he’s used to unlimited money. Good luck; seriously. This hangar is far cooler than the Palmetto Compress ever will be.

      1. Kathryn Fenner

        Did you see where they got six bids on PCW?
        Also, Darla Moore aside, SC is not noted for unlimited funds….

        1. Mark Stewart

          Don’t believe the hype. The Palmetto Compress is a looser of epic proportions. The blame lays squarely on the group of “citizens” who will do whatever it takes to avoid taking resposibility for their folly. OPM…

          1. Kathryn Fenner


            And OPM is how the economy works in so many for profit ventures… all public companies….

          2. Doug Ross

            “And OPM is how the economy works in so many for profit ventures… all public companies….”

            Voluntarily and by assuming risk… neither of which applies to Palmetto Compress.

            I can choose to invest in K-Mart or Wal-mart or neither. I can reap the rewards. Board members and C-level executives of those public corporations are held responsible to deliver returns.

            How many people were held responsible for the millions lost on Innovista?

  2. FParker

    By the time they’re done it’ll look like an aircraft restoration. All they have to do is fine the data plate and replace everything around it. Is it really a restoration when more than 50% of it is replaced?

  3. Brad Warthen Post author

    Just got this release from the folks doing this project…

      The Curtiss-Wright Hangar Project

    Be A Part of Its Future…

    The Historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar in Columbia, South Carolina NEEDS your support.  A group of four local developers (two pilots) have plans to restore the hangar to its’ original 1929 glory and create a family restaurant within a South Carolina aviation museum, an event venue for wedding receptions, functions and banquets and state-of-the-art meeting space. Be among the first to receive Hangar branded clothing and decals or fund to have your or your family’s name permanently fixed on a monument commemorating this community project for generations to come! No level of participation is too small!

    The crowd-funding initial offerings are in response to the immense outpouring of support and a willingness of interested people to support the project, but the word needs to be spread.  We all know pilots, veterans, historians, and aviation enthusiasts so please share this project page with anyone you know who might have an intimate connection and desire to breath new life into this incredible building.  Your help is most sincerely appreciated! 

    See The Curtiss-Wright Project Video!

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