Explore by Timeline: World War II (1941-1945)


Temporary Buildings on the Mall in Washington, DC
Temporary Buildings on the Mall in Washington, DC.

George Howe Succeeds Louis A. Simon

After Louis A. Simon retired from the Federal Works Agency in 1941, George Howe was chosen to fill the position. Due to World War II, few traditional public building projects were being constructed. Instead, the agency focused on the construction of temporary office buildings, housing, and hospitals. Twenty-nine office buildings were constructed in Washington, DC.


Federal Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Federal Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

Preparing for Attack

After World War II began, the United States began preparing the homeland for attack. Air raid shelters were constructed and buildings were equipped with blackout windows. As the war progressed, non-military construction was at a standstill, and the Supervising Architect’s office staff was greatly reduced.

Last Reviewed 2016-09-16