University of Texas at Austin

Rotary Airport design for New York City
Ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print

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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 110, Rotary Airport, 1932-1945

Summary: In Horizons (job 270), the Rotary Airport was illustrated with numerous plans, sections, and diagrams showing how planes could clear skyscrapers and manage prevailing winds. In this way, Bel Geddes hoped to deflect criticism that building a floating airport in New York harbor was preposterous. Passengers went ashore by traveling an 800-foot-long moving walkway below the harbor.

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Box/Location Folder Description
box 6 110.1 Study report ca. 1932.
flat file 110.1 3 Sketches of terminal and airfield.
box 6 110.2 Photostats of patent drawings.
box 6 110.3 Photograph Record Copy Book captions, labels c.1932.
photo box 1a 110.1 Photographs (10) of drawings and diagrams; aerial photograph of site.
box 6 110.4 Clippings 1933-1935.
oversize box 7 110.1 Clipping "Floating Landing-strips" 1945.