Architectural Inventory and Evaluation, U.S. Army Support Element, Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, Oakdale, Pennsylvania


This architectural inventory and evaluation for the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility in southwestern Pennsylvania was conducted in compliance with Army Regulation 200-4 and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended. The buildings were inventoried in accordance with procedures currently in use by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Historic Preservation. C. E. Kelly is composed of four discontiguous parcels in Allegheny County linked by their Cold War era (1954-1974) functions. These four areas consist of the Main Post (formerly the Oakdale Army Air Defense Base or Nike Missile Master), Site 62C (the Nike Control Area, Site PI-62C), Site 62L/63 (the Nike Launcher Area, Site PI-62L), and the Neville Island Support Facility. These four areas total approximately 168 acres.

This report describes the existing buildings on the facility that were utilized during the Cold War era. Fifty-four buildings were selected and inventoried, based on an architectural assessment and preliminary evaluation that was prepared previously(Parsons Engineering Science 2000). Twenty-eight buildings and structures at the C. E. Kelly Support Facility are considered eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, association with broad events in United States history. These buildings specifically are associated with the Air Defense theme established by the U.S. Army under its Cold War context and represent four functional areas related to the Nike Missile program: Missile Master, Control, Launcher, and Missile Maintenance. These buildings demonstrate integrity of location, setting, design, feeling and association. The Oakdale Nike Missile Site Historic District consists of five discontiguous parcels which exemplify the separate functional areas of the Nike Missile system. In accordance with Army guidelines, this proposed Historic District conveys exceptional importance in terms of national significance.

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Architectural Inventory and Evaluation, U.S. Army Support Element, Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, Oakdale, Pennsylvania. Laurie J. Paonessa, Elizabeth B. O'Brien, Susan L. Bupp, Donald E. Bender. 2002 ( tDAR id: 438629) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8438629

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min long: -80.231; min lat: 40.377 ; max long: -80.026; max lat: 40.526 ;

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Contact(s): James Wilde

Prepared By(s): Parsons

Submitted To(s): U.S. Army Support Element, Charles E. Kelly Support Facility; U.S. Army Reserve Command

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Task Order(s): DFE 005082

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