WPA headquarters

Labor Organizations - historic

The Walker-Johnson Building, headquarters of the WPA, at 1734 New York Avenue, Washington, DC. This is where Harry Hopkins and his fellow WPA administrators created one of America's greatest public policies - a work-relief program for 8.5 million unemployed Americans, working on hundreds of thousands of public works projects, many of which we still utilize and enjoy today. This photo was taken in March 1938. According to Emporis.com, the building has been demolished. Like the WPA, and like the hopes & dreams of millions of unemployed Americans over the subsequent decades, it disappeared. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.





Northeast Washington

1734 New York Ave NE

DC Labor Map

Welcome to the DC Labor Map! Here you can find both current and historic labor sites in Washington, DC, including union hotels, restaurants, international and local union organizations, labor art and historic labor sites. You can use it for an online virtual tour of DC labor, or to plan your visit to our nation’s capital.
CLICK ON "LEGEND" at right to view categories; TO CHOOSE A SPECIFIC CATEGORY just click on it and only those sites will be shown.
We welcome your comments and suggestions: click on the “comments” tab at the bottom of the map. The DC Labor Map is a project of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO: primary research was done by Chris Garlock, Jon Garlock and Lisa Garlock; contributors include: Saul Schniderman, Peter Winch and Fhar Miess.