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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
R
on
W. H
enRiksen
Chapter 1
The Architecture of Airports
Austin's Newest Airport Reminiscent of the Golden Age of Aviation
In about 2005, I was determined to build
an executive airport in Houston, where I live,
and I asked a friend, Drew Coats, an aviation
attorney and partner with the law firm Coats
& Evans P.C., if he knew of a good architect.
He did and recommended Howard Hill.
Drew is also founder of the Houston Aero-
nautical Heritage Society, formed in part to
renovate Houston's William P. Hobby Air-
port air terminal and turn it into the 1940 Air
Terminal Museum. One of the architects
2011. Austin Executive Airport arrival canopy protects airplanes and passengers from the scorching sun
and routine Texas torrential downpour. Photo courtesy of Patrick Y. Wong/Atelier Wong Photography.
working on the Society's renovation project
was Howard Hill.
Howard and I quickly sketched out a mas-
ter plan for the Houston Executive Airport--
runway layout, main hangars, and loca-
tion of the airport terminal building, and al-
though that particular master plan didn't get
anywhere, it did get things started. Howard
whipped out several dramatic architectur-
al renderings of the terminal building and
hangars, inspiring images of steel and glass