The five-alarm fire that destroyed the Sozio Appliance store on Squire Road yesterday took out Revere's last link to its days as an airport city - the Sozio was housed in what was the last remaining hangar from the one-time Revere Airport - as the Boston Architectural College Library informs us.
Originally opened sometime in the 1920s as Muller Field, by the 1930s the newly renamed Riverside Field was large enough to garner state consideration as the site for the Boston area's first main airport. It lost out to an airfield in East Boston (today known as Logan Airport), but remained in operation for smaller, general-aviation planes and the odd blimp. A nearby area was even flooded for use by seaplanes.
Julius Goldman bought the airport in 1946, renamed it Revere Airport and owned it through its closing in 1962 - when high Revere taxes and the expansion of Rte. 1 right next to his property line, which forced him to abandon one runway and limit operations on the other two - made him close.
The former airport was turned into the Northgate Shopping Center.
The ad in the BAC Library's collection is from 1950: