...I had a chance to see the two largest free-standing wooden buildings in the world.
They are hangars at the former Naval Air Station at Tustin, California. Built to house dirigibles, they have been essentially unused since the Navy ended its lighter-than-air program many decades ago...
The former military base is now being developed in typical Orange County fashion: runways, hangars, control tower and various buildings are being torn up, soon to be replaced with shopping malls, thousands of houses and, with luck, a few square feet of grass here and there.
The "deal" is that one of the blimp hangars must be preserved. I'm told both may survive if commercial uses can be found for them -- and they are huge, believe me -- but there's also a chance neither will survive.
I wish the doors had been open so I could have taken a photo of the inside of one of them. They are awesome.
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