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000-0072 Pentagon Office Building Complex (The Pentagon)

Pentagon Office Building Complex (The Pentagon)
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

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VLR Listing Date 04/18/1989

NRHP Listing Date 07/27/1989

NHL Listing Date 10/05/1992

NPS property number 89000932

One of the world’s most famous buildings, the Pentagon has become the symbol of U. S. military might and America’s position as a world superpower. The building grew out a need to centralize the War Department units. Spurred on by the outbreak of World War II, planning commenced in 1941 and a site near Arlington National Cemetery was chosen. War Department architect G. Edward Bergstrom and David J. Witman designed what was to be the world’s largest office building, containing some 6,240,000 square feet. The distinctive five-sided structure was built in the remarkably short period of sixteen months in 1941-42, in time to accommodate wartime command. The main elevations employed the stripped classicism then in vogue for governmental architecture. The vast building still houses the U. S. Department of Defense, the command center of the mightiest military force in world history.

1992 NHL Nomination


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated February 12, 2019