Teterboro Airport Study

Bergan County, New Jersey


As part of compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations and due to ownership by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Dovetail completed architectural studies prior to the demolition of a terminal at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro Township, New Jersey. The owner plans to demolish the Atlantic Aviation Corporation Hangar 3 and replace it with a modern facility. To meet New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office (NJHPO) requirements, the Dovetail team completed:

  • Extensive archival research on the airport and Atlantic Aviation Corporation
  • Intensive-level architectural analysis of the hangar
  • Oral interviews with long-time airport staff
  • Evaluation of National Register of Historic Places criteria of effect and integrity
  • Production of a report and updated NJHPO resource form

The Atlantic Aviation Corporation Hangar 3 was built in 1949 on the Teterboro Airport. It was the third hangar affiliated with the Atlantic Aviation Corporation, a private air service. Since the original survey, portions of the resource including the tower have not been in use, leading to decay. In addition, two associated buildings that were part of this complex have been demolished. Dovetail worked with the owner and design team, Margulies Hoelzli Architecture, to disseminate ensuing significance recommendations with the NJHPO and agencies.

This project notes Dovetail’s experience working on projects with multiple state, regional, and national agencies to assure that historic resources are documented and evaluated prior to demolition. The airport is also a working facility, thus requiring extensive coordination with airport staff to meet all safety standards.