Louisville Art Deco - Bowman Field
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Last Updated:    August 30, 2011      Lockheed aircraft notations.
Date Constructed: 1929 & 1936
The Bowman Field Airport building is located at 2815 Taylorsville Road at its intersection with Pee Wee Reese Blvd (across from the old Air Devils Inn). It is Kentucky's oldest continuously operated public airport.
In 1919, aviation enthusiast Abram H. Bowman leased 50 acres of a 600-acre tract, built a wooden hanger and established an airfield. In 1922 the Army Air Corps leased the field for $1 per year for five years. In August 1923 the field was officially dedicated and named Bowman Field. 1924 saw passenger service begin with Yellow Taxi Airline Co. Continental Airlines (later American Airlines) started airmail service between Cleveland and Louisville in 1928 and in began carrying passengers in 1931. Eastern Airlines began service to Miami and Chicago from Bowman Field beginning in 1934. Finally in 1938 the airport poured concrete runways. On November 15, 1947 all commercial airline operations were transferred to the newer and larger Standiford Field airport. The airport is still used for smaller commercial and pleasure aircraft.
The Administration Building was opened on August 1, 1929 (see pic at bottom of page). In 1936 it was expanded by the Works Progress Administration to its existing structure/design. In 1988, two original hangars and the Administration Building were entered in the National Register of Historic Places as the Bowman Field Historic District.
Part of the building houses the Le Relais restaurant. I've dined there a few times. It's a nice Art Deco adorned restaurant with lots of vintage style aviation posters on the walls, deco light fixtures and woodwork.
All interior photos taken February 2008.
Photos by Jim L. Patterson - copyright 2005, 2008.
Click on the thumbnail photo to view a larger image.
Some creative Photoshop work by Aaron Patterson - ©  2005, 2009
Exterior photos (taken 2008 & 2005).....
Some of the many vintage photos framed throughout the lobby.....
Bronze memorial to Robert H. Gast .....
Vintage Lockheed on the property (18 Lodestar or Electra 14?) + Misc.....
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