This drawing creatively explored other options for the proposed War Department building and offers an interesting take on what might have been. This drawing shows the use of inward spokes instead of the concentric rings.
This sketch is a rendering of the proposed Pentagon's River Entrance, drawn by Ray Kennedy prior to construction of the building itself.
Many ideas regarding the construction and appearance of the Pentagon were proposed prior to settling on the final version which was ultimately built. This drawing shows an example of artistic creativity with the landscaping in this sketch of the proposed Pentagon Mall.
This drawing depicts the construction of the Pentagon as it occurred.
The wood forms used in casting the concrete walls can be seen. These forms, made from 6" and 8" wide boards, give the walls the texture we see today.
Showing E Section, 2nd Floor - Floor Slabs ready to be poured. Note pan construction.
Showing the intersection of A and E sections. Part of South Parking area in the foreground.
Showing "A" and "B" section of War Department Office Building in center of picture. "A" section shows first floor forms in place. "B" section with pile caps forms in place. The old airport can be seen to the right of the building.
Progress of the construction project.
Showing entire building site, D section in foreground, B section in background.
Workers at shift change. A common union wage was $1.63 an hour (or $65 a week). Drinking, gambling, or loafing on the jobsite were not tolerated. However, most workers greatly appreciated the opportunity to work, after experiencing so many difficult years with the Great Depression.
The building's characteristic shape and unique architecture became readily apparent as construction neared its conclusion.
This plaque commemorates the government and construction officials involved in the building of the Pentagon.
Civilian employees reporting for work, through the new War Department Headquarters' South Parking entrance.
Building messengers propel unique bicycle trucks along the Pentagon's wide corridors. Maintenance personnel also used similar vehicles. Only a few pedal powered vehicles survive today, most having been replaced by electric vehicles.
This room represents only a segment of the files that were kept at the Pentagon.
Workers enjoying the Pentagon's Center Courtyard and its outdoor beverage bar. Now a permanent fixture, the beverage bar was originally sheltered by a tent and only open — weather permitting — during the warmer months.
All incoming local and long distance calls were handled by operators from these switchboards.
The large stationary cameras on the right were used to make photographic copies and enlargements. These unwieldy machines and the accompanying chemical developing process were eventually replaced by modern photocopiers.
A "Peace Picket" organized by American mothers marches around the lawn in front of the Pentagon to express their frustration with American involvement with the escalating war in Vietnam and peacefully protest their desire to have their husbands, sons and friends in the armed forces return home.
A group of American radicals planted an explosive in a toilet of a women's restroom on the fourth floor of the Pentagon. There were no injuries, though a great deal of property damage was done.
Police check protesters for weapons while trying to maintain order during anti-war demonstrations at the Pentagon.
Protesters and police peacefully face off in front of the Pentagon during anti-war demonstrations.
Riot police and the media struggle against the throngs of anti-war protesters during a demonstration near the Pentagon's main entrance.
A recent aerial view of the Pentagon in it's completion.
The huge Mall Concourse—680 feet long and 135 feet wide—at the second level above the bus terminals housed a variety of shops and services. These included institutions expected in any American town center: a bank, credit union, drug store, small department store and a post office.