Randolph Air Force Base in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
“The Taj Mahal”
In 1928 the San Antonio Airport Company purchased 2300 acres of land near the city and donated it to the United States Army Air Corps for development of a consolidated flight training facility. Called “The West Point of the Air”, Randolph Field was dedicated June 20, 1930. One month later, construction was begun on an administration building, designated as Building 100. Because of the structure's exotic appearance, student flyers nicknamed it “The Taj Mahal” soon after its completion in October 1931.
With its height and location, the building dominated Randolph Field and the surrounding countryside. It was also a prominent feature in several motion pictures filmed here. To many Americans, “The Taj Mahal” came to symbolize military aviation at a time when air power was becoming vital to military strength.
Building 100 was designed by San Antonio architect Atlee B. Ayres. Its unusual 170-foot tower conceals a 500,000-gallon water storage tank. A powerful beacon atop the tower can be seen by aircraft up to fifty miles away. The building also contains an 1100-seat movie theater. Its administrative offices now (1975) house the command section of the 12th Flying Training Wing of the United States Air Force.
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 29° 32.181′ N, 98° 16.975′ W. Marker is in Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Circle and Northwest Drive, on the right when traveling east on Washington Circle. Click for map. Access is restricted due to Randolph AFB being an active military installation. Marker is in this post office area: Jbsa Randolph TX 78150, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Missing Man Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Chapel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Exchange (about 300 feet away); PX Filling Station (about 500 feet away); Gas and Electric Sub Station (about 500 feet away); Cessna T-37 Tweet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Comanche Lookout (approx. 6 miles away); The Dawson Massacre (approx. 8.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Randolph Air Force Base.
Also see . . . Randolph Field Historic District.
Categories. • 20th Century • Air & Space • Man-Made Features • Military • Notable Buildings •
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