John DeFerrari wrote about this lost piece of Forest Hills history in his Streets of Washington blog. He has also written about the neighborhood’s former Ice Palace.
As you read about the Bureau of Standards, imagine what might have been if the sprawling campus still stood. As DeFerrari writes, “The Secretary of Commerce… determined that not a single one of the 90 structures on the 70-acre campus had any historic significance at all, an outrageous assertion that would be inconceivable today.”
It’s not the same as being there, but Forest Hills author Anthony Dobranski is writing a historical novel based on the people and the work done at the National Bureau of Standards in 1942. In keeping with the spirit of the times, we’re publishing the novel in serial form, chapter by chapter. You’ll find the entire work-in-progress here.