11 Sep:
Let’s Build The Pentagon

Construction of the Virginia headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense began on September 11th, 1941 – spookily, the same date it was attacked by al-Qaeda six decades later. 

The massive five-sided building, a potent symbol of America’s military strength, became known as the Pentagon.

Featuring 4 million square feet of office space, the building was designed by George Bergstrom under the supervision of Leslie R. Groves, who was later chosen to head the Manhattan Project and build the atomic bomb.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca, and Olly explain why the building’s racially segregated bathrooms were installed, but never used; reveal why, for a while, a ‘Pentagon project’ became a by-word for a white elephant; and consider whether a hot dog stand in the complex foxed the Soviets… 

Further Reading:

• ‘FOX Business reveals ‘stunning’ new details about Pentagon’s construction’ (FOX Business, 2022):

#US #WW2 #Architecture