Building No. 18    Sand Point Naval Air Station
HISTORY DISTRICT
Could this building become home to a Museum
& other establishments?

Here are Three Ideas turned into ONE! (Revised July 1, 2012)

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The Navy Support idea here is based on remembering how the base and lake was utilized in from its inception in 1919 to 1970!
In 1919 - Rear Adm. Robert E. Coontz, commandant of the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, believed in the future of naval aviation. He wanted long range eyes for his fleet, and he wanted an air umbrella spread over Puget Sound linking the existing naval bases and yards.

His opportunity came when a Navy Yard commission, headed by Rear Adm. J.M. Helm, came seeking potential sites for an air station in the Pacific Northwest. Coontz immediately assigned Capt. Luther E. Gregory to work with the commission.

Gregory drew a circle on the charts, outlining what was thought to be reasonable flying distance from the Bremerton yard. He then cruised all the waters within that circle by motorboat, and by automobile visited virtually every large lake.

According to the veterans in 1919, Sand Point's advantages were many:

  1. Its location on Lake Washington makes it easily discernible from the air.
  2. Being on fresh water, it is free from the rise and fall of tides and is well back from all Puget Sound fortifications.
  3. No overflow from floods such as is usual on level ground in the Puget Sound country.
  4. Extending as it does into the lake; it is and always will be free from roads, telephone poles, commercial and building activities of all kinds.
  5. It is accessible by ship to all parts of the world, and by rail to every part of the North American continent.
  6. The favorable air currents over the areas make it possible to take off or land in perfect safety in any direction from this field.
A museum could tell how the lake as well as Sand Point was used by the navy to "SUPPORT" its airplanes in the pacific and build ships at Houghton as seaplane and torpedo boat tenders. It could also tell about the Planes to make the "1st Flight Around The World", took off and landed at Sand Point.

The base was a support station and the ground floor of building 18 could display work stations such as "Cleaning engine parts", "Repairing machine guns",  or "Maintaining parachutes" (using the old fire hose tower). A large Map of the Base could be displayed as well a a Map of Lake Washington.

The second floor could display models of the different types ships built at Houghton or even the ships built in Ballard, one being the ship that John Wayne bought. And finally - other ships of navy SUPPORT could have MODELS displayed such as store ships, ammunition ships, and fuel ships. There are no museums for ships of these types - they in themselves would be a drawing exhibit

On top of the building the is room for at least 2 airplanes for an outdoor display.
The first floor can easily house a Restaurant and Health Recreation Outlet.

There is room for at least three organizations in Building 18, at least to start with.


If the tenant in the center would only require the 1720 sq. ft. of the 1st floor;
Then
The east 2100 sq. ft. could facilitate a bicycle outlet by hanging 150 bikes in the high bay.




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