Gov't Worker's Housing/Women's Dorm (1918-1920s)

Labor Organizations - historic

"Over 30 temporary buildings were erected on this site in front of Union Station to house government workers during the World War 1 era. One group of these buildings, the Union Plaza Dormitories, was built between 1918-1920, specifically for 2,000 female government workers. The dorms featured maid service and a spacious dining room serving two meals a day. These 'Government Hotels' were razed starting in 1931, to clear the area for today's Union Station Plaza."
- "On This Spot, Washington, DC," p 34 (see photo) by Douglas E. Evelyn & Paul Dickson


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.