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Chanute Headquarters and Mess Hall
Borman and Pacesetter drives, Rantoul (Champaign County)




These two buildings are key contributing structures within the Chanute Field National Register District. Centered at the end of the main drive, the brick headquarters building has a two-story limestone entryway that leads into an Art Deco lobby surmounted by an oval dome. Now partially occupied, this served as the center of operations for the 2,125-acre Air Force base from 1941 until 1993, when the entire base was closed. The mess hallís three-story interior is supported by a series of reinforced concrete barrel vaults. Measuring over two basketball courts in length, the hall could accommodate up to 2,200 airmen at meal times. As part of a federal decommissioning process, ownership of some of the base buildings reverted to the City of Rantoul. While other buildings in the district have been repurposed for civilian use, these two iconic structures remain largely vacant with no foreseeable plans for rehabilitation.


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Photo Credit: 1, 2, 4 Chanute Air Museum; 3, 5 Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)




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