Old Photos of Dulles Airport Under Construction

Here is a great series of photos we found at the Library of Congress showing Dulles Airport during construction.

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Dulles Airport construction model
Dulles Airport construction model
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Dulles Airport tower being built
Dulles Airport tower being built
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Interior of Dulles Airport terminal
Interior of Dulles Airport terminal
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Interior of terminal
Interior of terminal
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Dulles Airport terminal building
Dulles Airport terminal building

And finally, here’s a post-construction photo from the parking lot, looking at the new terminal.

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Dulles Airport at night
Dulles Airport at night

Source: Library of Congress

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • As a teenager, I joined my friends and drove across Key Bridge, then way out into the countryside. We came upon a huge glass building surrounded by fields. We parked and went inside. Music was playing on loud speakers. We danced! This was Dulles Airport!

  • Sheila

    495 is always a torture when going to Dulles, and even the access road is no longer a beautiful site as they once were. What was once nothing but empty beautiful land, is now housing developments.
    I don’t think that Airport will ever stop growing, it gets bigger every year, and you need a lot of energy to get around in it too. It goes on forever!

  • Paddy Wacker

    A great story about Dulles. Back in the 60’s southern Airways was one of the three or so airlines that flew into the airport. A fellow by the name of Charles (Charlie) Waddell was Southern’s station manager, ground crew leader and just a jack of all trades. One after noon Charlie was out on the flight line to meet the afternoon flight. They were in the process of off loading luggage when they noticed a small truck driving across the tarmac toward the flight line. The truck stopped and Charlie walked over to find out what they wanted with no particular alarm or worries. The driver said he was lost and wanted to know how to get to Chantilly so Charlie gave him directions and off he drove. Charlies went on to become State Senator Waddell and Virginia State Secretary of Transportation.