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Goodwin Field Terminal

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City/County/Congressional District: , Union County ( District 4 )
Location Class: Commercial
Year Built: 1948
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places 2018
Status: Endangered

Goodwin Field, located outside of El Dorado, served regional commercial carriers, as well as business and private aviation. Its terminal, built in 1948, was aggressively up to date, built in the hybrid Art Deco/Art Moderne style that characterized many such structures of the time, including Little Rock’s Adams Field and Memorial Field of Hot Springs. Of those midcentury Arkansas air terminals, Goodwin Field is the best preserved. Enlarged and modified, it still retains the clean Art Moderne lines and details given to it by its designers, architect John B. Abbott and the Little Rock firm of Bruggeman, Swaim and Allen. But, like many buildings of its time, it needs repairs and updates. Ironically, in light of its 2006 expansion, it is now considered too large for the traffic it handles; sentiment exists to simply demolish and start over.