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Theater in Willow Run Airport removed to make lobby space, September 1954

Theater in Willow Run Airport removed to make lobby space, September 1954 image
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Ann Arbor News, September 2, 1954
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As part of a $215,000 expansion program, the Airlines National Terminal Service Co., Inc., operators of the giant Willow Run Airport, has razed a building, within the main terminal, which once housed a movie theater. An additional 80 feet of airlines counter space will be made available. Added lobby area will also be included in the project at the south end of the present lobby. This view looks southwest, where the theater formerly stood.
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AACHM Oral History: David Rutledge

Sun, 11/08/2020 - 3:29pm

David Rutledge

David Rutledge was born in 1945 in LaFayette, Alabama and grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He traces his commitment to public service to his experience protesting a segregated lunch counter as a teenager. He attended Tennessee State University and the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Rutledge has served as Superior Township Supervisor, Ypsilanti State Representative, and as a member of the Washtenaw County Parks Commission and Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees. He dedicates this interview to his parents and his late wife, Gerri.

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Interior showing partial renovation and expansion of Willow Run Airport terminal, August 1959

Interior showing partial renovation and expansion of Willow Run Airport terminal, August 1959 image
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Ann Arbor News, August 13, 1959
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AFTER: Willow Run airlines spent more than $700,000 for an expansion-renovation project at the terminal in 1957 as the first phase of a still-uncompleted $1,500,000 improvement program. The renovation was not authorized, however, until after American Airlines had announced it would switch to Wayne county's then-vacant airport. The terminal work included installation of an attractive false ceiling, new seating and flooring and other major improvements. Further large-scale expansion presumably will come if the seven present Willow Run carriers decide to remain at the Washtenaw airfield.