February 12, 2016
New Oklahoma National Register Listing
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce a new National Register of Historic Places listing in Oklahoma. The National Register of Historic Places is our nation’s official list of properties significant in our past.
The Balloon Hangar at Henry Post Army Airfield on the Fort Sill post is recognized nationally for its association with the evolution of Army aviation activities, particularly balloons during the years between World War I and World War II. The Balloon Hangar is also significant nationally in the area of architecture and engineering as a distinctive, military-related, eight-story, metal balloon hangar. The Balloon Hangar at Henry Post Army Airfield is one of only a few extant, eight-story, metal balloon hangars constructed by the Army during the interwar years and is an exemplary example of this unusual type of building.
Listing in the National Register is an honorific designation that provides recognition, limited protection and in some cases, financial incentives for these important properties. The SHPO identifies, evaluates and nominates properties for this special designation.
The State Historic Preservation Office is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.
Editor’s Note: Photographs to accompany the story can be acquired by contacting the State Historic Preservation Office at 405-521-6249.