LOWRY AFB The History

Lowry’s Buildings

These   are   buildings   erected   during   the   existence   of   Lowry   Field/Lowry   AFB   from   its   beginnings   in   1937   through   its end-of-life   in   1994.   Lowry   was   a   bustling   “town”   in   and   of   itself   within   the   eastern   confines   of   Denver,   forming   a “boundary”   between   Denver   and   its   eastern-neighbor,   Aurora,   CO.   Aurora   evolved   from   the   small   1891   community known   as   Fletcher,   a   four   square   mile   real   estate   investment,   into   a   thriving   bedroom   community   serving   both military   and   civilian   families   associated   with   Lowry AFB. Aurora   is   today   so   much   more   than   a   bedroom   community   as it   has   attained   the   status   of   having   become   the   21st   most   populous   Metropolitan   Statistical Area   in   the   United   States. Click HERE  to view the Lowry Foundation’s online version of these same photos.
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Available   housing   for   Lowry’s   Army   Air   Force   soldiers   ranged   from   large   tents   in   1937   when   the   area   was   known   as “Lowry   Field”   to   modern-day   advanced   architectural   designs   which   included   during   the   latter   years   1,000-man dormitories   as   Lowry   Field   transitioned   into   Lowry   AFB,   United   States   Air   Force’s   Air   Training   Command.   Buildings were   erected   in   the   form   of   aircraft   hangers,   a   steam   plant,   office   buildings,   and   classrooms.   A   dining   hall,   book store,   commissary,   dispensary,   dental   clinic,   officer   and   enlisted   clubs,   theater,   PX/BX,   on-base   housing…were   all built to form a complete community in support of the Air Force’s training mission at Denver, Colorado. Lowry’s    flying    activities    ceased    on    30    June    1966.    In    1991    the government’s     Base     Realignment     and     Closure     (BRAC)     commission recommended   closing   Lowry AFB.   Lowry AFB   had   been   home   to   over   one million   airmen   during   its   existence,   including   not   only   America’s   finest men   and   women,   but   students   from   over   29   foreign   countries   were provided   training   at   Lowry   AFB   through   the   military’s   MAP   program.   On   30   September   1994   the   United   States   of America’s   flag   was   lowered   for   the   last   time   in   front   of   building   349,   the   Base   Headquarters   building,   and   Lowry AFB ceased to exist as a government installation, ending 57 years of training excellence. Politicians   and   influential   business   leaders   from   both   Denver   and   Aurora,   CO   got   together   and   evolved   a   plan   to maximize   the   potential   value   of   the   now   abandoned   property. A   vibrant   mixed-use   community   evolved   embracing   the area’s   unique   military   history.   Over   20   original   Lowry AFB   buildings   have   been   saved   and   repurposed.   Other   buildings, those   of   less   robust   construction,   were   demolished   with   new   construction   taking   their   place.   The   whole   area   has taken   on   a   new   look…such   that   if   a   veteran   who   served   on   Lowry   in   1982   were   to   visit   the   area   in   2016…they   would no longer recognize the Lowry where they had spent a significant portion of their service career time!
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Lowry AFB The History

Lowry’s Buildings

Available housing for Lowry’s Army Air Force soldiers ranged from large tents in 1937 when the area was known as “Lowry Field” to modern-day advanced architectural designs to include 1,000-man dormitories during the latter years as Lowry Field transitioned into Lowry AFB as part of the United States Air Force’s Air Training Command. Buildings were erected in the form of aircraft hangers, a steam plant, office buildings, and classrooms. A dining hall, book store, commissary, dispensary, dental clinic, officer and enlisted clubs, theater, PX/BX, on-base housing…were all built to form a complete community in support of the Air Force’s training mission at Denver, Colorado. Lowry’s         flying activities     ceased on   30   June   1966. In        1991        the ’    Base   Realignment and    Closure    (BRAC)    commission    recommended    closing    Lowry   AFB. Lowry   AFB   had   been   home   to   over   one   million   airmen   during   its existence,   including   not   only   America’s   finest   men   and   women,   but students   from   over   29   foreign   countries   were   provided   training   at Lowry   AFB   through   the   military’s   MAP   program.   On   30   September 1994   the   United   States   of   America’s   flag   was   lowered   for   the   last time   in   front   of   building   349,   the   Base   Headquarters   building,   and Lowry   AFB   ceased   to   exist   as   a   government   installation,   ending   57 years of training excellence. Politicians and influential business leaders from both Denver and Aurora, CO got together and evolved a plan to maximize the potential value of the now abandoned property. A vibrant mixed-use community evolved embracing the area’s unique military history. Over 20 original Lowry AFB buildings have been saved and repurposed. Other buildings, those of less robust construction, were demolished with new construction taking their place. The whole area has taken on a new look…such that if a veteran who served on Lowry in 1982 were to visit the area in 2016…they would no longer recognize the Lowry where they had spent a significant portion of their service career time! These are buildings erected during the existence of Lowry Field/Lowry AFB from its beginnings in 1937 through its end- of-life in 1994. Lowry was a bustling “town” in and of itself within the eastern confines of Denver, forming a “boundary” between Denver and its eastern-neighbor, Aurora, CO. Aurora evolved from the small 1891 community known as Fletcher, a four square mile real estate investment, into a thriving bedroom community serving both military and civilian families associated with Lowry AFB. Aurora is today so much more than a bedroom community as it has attained the status of having become the 21st most populous Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States. Click HERE  to view the Lowry Foundation’s online version of these same photos.  
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