Orville's Last Workshop

Orville's Last Workshop (HM1A1K)

Location: Dayton, OH 45426 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 45.367', W 84° 12.85'

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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

"For 30 years Orville Wright's place of business was the plain brick building (here) on North Broadway. Visiting reporters found it quite ordinary. There was a reception area for Miss Beck (his secretary); an inner office with Orville's desk, files, and drawing table; and a large work area that ran across the back?with the exception of a large wind tunnel?there was little to distinguish it from any other well-equipped machine shop.

Still, it was difficult to believe that the inventor of the airplane was not at work in his lab on some project that would eventually yield wonders?One morning while puttering around the shop (Orville) noticed two small boys pecking through the window. One boy asked?what in the world Orville was doing. The other replied with a note of derision in his voice:

?Why, he's inventing!''

Tom Crouch, Wright brothers biographer.

This 1930's photo shows the front of the one-story workshop built by Orville Wright in 1916 on a lot he and Wilbur bought in 1909. Here, in the years following Wilbur's death, Orville perfected the split-wing flap and the automatic stabilizer. In 1976, Standard Oil of Ohio knocked down the former Wright Aeronautical Laboratory to use the property to sell gasoline—a gas station that was never built.
HM NumberHM1A1K
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 4:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 738659 N 4404401
Decimal Degrees39.75611667, -84.21416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.367', W 84° 12.85'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 22.02" N, 84° 12' 51.00" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15 N Broadway St, Dayton OH 45426, US
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