saturday vignette: Reagan National Airport – appreciating Terminal A lobby

I oftentimes spend a few minutes in the historic Terminal A lobby whenever I fly into or out of Washington, DC’s Reagan National Airport. I imagine that most people never really notice the old lobby. Whenever I pass through the space is usually deserted. Just me and time long forgotten.

I appreciate the architectural power of the space. Which is surprising because the lobby in its current special event configuration is a faint echo of its original, theatrical grandeur. But still, the essence of the 1940s era Art Deco modernism is strong. Commerical air travel was special then – still new and full of wonder.

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Seeing these photos in black and white just seems so right. Don’t you think?

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