Barton Hall

Ithaca's Early Aviation History

Barton Hall

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage


Architect Lewis F. Pilcher designed the Gothic Revival New York State Armory and Drill Hall, and it was completed in 1917. It served as a military drill hall for the Department of Military Science and functioned as an airplane hangar during World War I, when Army School of Aeronautics instructors taught students military aviation science. In 1940, the drill hall was named Barton Hall for Colonel Frank A. Barton, an 1891 Cornell graduate of the Military Science program who went on to serve in the U.S. Army, as Cornell professor of Military Science and Tactics, and as Cornell's first ROTC commander.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Ithaca's Early Aviation History


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