Hangar 61

Year Listed: 2005

County: Denver

Threat When Listed: Development pressure

Status: Saved

Hangar 61 was constructed in 1956 within the former Stapleton International Airport complex; this unique 9,400 square foot cement structure is an example of how sophisticated engineering can make an innovative architectural design a reality.  This hyperbolic parabaloid was designed by Fisher, Fisher, and Davis, and engineered by Milo Ketchum, a Denver engineer of national renown.  Thirty-three feet at its apex, the thin shell concrete arch is diamond-shaped and spans 160 feet, without center supports.  This hangar is unlike any of the others that remain from the old Stapleton Airport.

When nominated to the Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List in 2005, the Hangar was threatened by the City of Denver who was under contract to sell the property for development. The developers threatened to demolish the “eyesore,” once they acquired the property.

In 2006, Hangar 61 was listed on the State Register of Historic Properties and a partnership was formed between Colorado Preservation, Inc. and 620 Corp. LLC of Denver.  This partnership took the option to purchase the property and developers Larry Nelson and Ruth Falkenberg renovated the building in 2009, with help from Colorado Preservation, Inc. and the State Historical Fund.  In 2010, the Stapleton Fellowship Church bought the property and invested funds to make the structure suitable for a house of worship by adding a 300-seat auditorium, state of the art stage, children’s ministry space, and gathering areas for public use. Far from hiding the Hangar’s original use the ministry embraces the structure, using the transportation building’s history as a metaphor for the church’s mission.

Donate to CPI

We hope you will extend your appreciation for Colorado's heritage by helping us take advantage of this $1 to $1 matching campaign. Learn more about our matching campaign and make your tax-deductible donation today!

Matching Campaign

Thank you to our donors for this matching campaign!
 

Karen J. Jonas

PACE Conservation Solutions

Anonymous

Barbara MacFarlane and Peter Marczyk

Jennifer and Nathan Charles

Rosemarie Patterson

Dan Love and Cameron Wolfe

Cindy Neely

Erin Spletzer

PACE Conservation Solutions

Carla McConnell

Richard Cronenberger

James and Barbara Steely

Gregory A. Movesian

Janet Dahlquist

Roxanne Eflin

Bennett Boeschenstein

Matt Goebel

Kim Grant

Alan Matlosz

Stephanie Soldner

Hannah Braun

Laurel Campbell

Nore Winter

Peter Grosshuesch

Andy Duckett-Emke

Kelly and Peter Merrion

Blair and Chris Miller

Mike and Anne Coughlin

Steven Turner and  Steven Kick

T. Drew Notestine

Ron and Linde Thompson

Megan Concannon

Rebecca Goodwin

Elaine Freed

Nicole Hernandez

Dan Corson

Lucas Schneider

Jon Nathan Schler

Jane and Phil Watkins

Ariel Steele 

Kimberly Kintz

Lisa A. Stegman

Graham and Paula Johnson

James and Joan Kroll

James Hewat

JoVonne P. Fitzgerald

Jennifer Wahlers

Stephen Blitz

Arianthé Stettner

Ashley Bushey

Ann Mullins

R. Michael Bell

Nan and Dave Anderson

Patrick Eidman

Beverly Rich

Jane Daniels

Kaaren Hardy

Cynthia Pond

Rheba Massey

Katherine Woods and Christopher Koziol

Paul O’Rourke

Dave Lively

Lisa May

Ann Alexander Walker

Julie Johnson

Sally Hopper

Anonymous

Judith W. Amico

Featured Project

Preservation for a Changing Colorado

The 2017 update, Preservation for a Changing Colorado, resulted from a partnership between Colorado Preservation and History Colorado and Colorado Preservation, Inc. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report and accompanying website document the economic benefits of rehabilitation projects, analyzes property values and neighborhood stability in local historic districts, and summarizes the increasing impact of heritage tourism, private preservation development and the success of Colorado’s Main Street program. In a key finding, researchers found that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado leads to $1.03 million in additional spending, 14 new jobs, and $636,700 in increased household incomes across the state! The 2017 report also considers the important role preservation plays in helping Coloradans provide new spaces for creative communities and co-working, create and sustain meaningful places, respond to the state’s changing demographics, and address climate concerns. Click Here to see the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".