War Department, Washington, DC
Historic 1943 photo - Library of Congress
Back in 1943, this was HQ for the U.S. military, but that same year, everything shifted to the just-completed Pentagon in Arlington, VA. Renamed the Harry S Truman Building, it’s now the HQ of the U.S. Dept. of State and where SoS Hillary Clinton works.
For the curious…
From 1789 to 1947, the U.S. Department of War was the Cabinet department originally responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Army. For its first 10 years, it also also bore responsibility for naval affairs. Through 1947, it also governed land-based air forces - then the Department of the Air Force was created. The Secretary of War headed the war department throughout its existence. In 1947 it split into pieces, all of which were grouped under Department of Defense in 1949.
This photo comes from an extraordinary photo collection available on Flickr — "1930s-40s in Color." Very few of the photos are anything Deco, as much of the photos are documentary photos of rural farm workers, WWII factory workers, Depression-era shantytowns, etc., but I found a few I’ll be sharing.