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Office of the Mayor and City Council 500 Castro Street Post Office Box 7540 Mountain View, California 94039-7540 650-903-6304 FAX 650-903-6039

January 19, 2004

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Office of Communications/11 Most Endangered
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Nomination of Hangar One, Moffett Field, California

To Whom It May Concern:

Hangar One at Moffett Field, California, has been an important part of our community since its construction in 1933. It is one of the most identifiable, architecturally distinguished landmarks of Silicon Valley, which makes it critically important to our visual landscape and, thus, well worth preserving for future generations.

The City of Mountain View has long supported the concept of creating a world-class science and technology learning center, the California Air and Space Center
(CASC), aimed at educating the public about the history, science and technology of aviation and space exploration. As such, the City was pleased when NASA Ames Research Center proposed in 1998 to locate the CASC (now known as SpaceWorld Hangar 1) in historic Hangar One.

The City is well aware that locating SpaceWorld Hangar 1 in Hangar One provides unique opportunities but also significant challenges because of its deteriorated condition and the recent discovery of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminants in the structure. Nevertheless, having a world-class learning center in an historic structure of this magnitude will educate and invigorate future generations about the sacrifices and virtues of space exploration and Silicon Valley's accomplishments.

Sincerely,

Matt Pear
Mayor

 


                     
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