Monday, June 2, 2014

What Were These Arlington Farms?-- Part 2

Some 7,000 units were slated for construction at Arlington Farms, just across from the Arlington Memorial Bridge into Washington, D.C..  The FWA awarded $4 million for construction of dorms in 1942.  The first occupants moved in on March 1, 1943.

Ten dorms were built, each one named for a state (hence Idaho Hall)  The site also included auxiliary buildings, an infirmary and a recreation hall, all set on 28-acres of a 108-acre site.  Six dorms housed civilians and were described as "extremely temporary in appearance."

Decorations inside and outside of the dorms were provided by WPA artists.

--GreGen


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