HABS/HAER Inventory Card for Harry Diamond Laboratories, BPI_0106

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Author(s): David G. Buchanan

Year: 1982


Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) Inventory for the Harry Diamond Laboratories. The Harry Diamond Laboratories is one of the seven laboratory complexes of the U.S. Army Electronics Research and Development Command (ERADCOM). It is the Army's lead facility for fluidics and nuclear-effects technology research and for the development of electronic fuzing for projectiles and missiles. Two satellite facilities at Woodbridge, Virginia, and Blossom Point, Maryland, provide field testing support. HDL facilities were originally housed within the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) at the Bureau's former site in Washington, D.C. When plans were made in the 1960s to move the Bureau to a new location in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a joint Army and Navy study group recommended that new and separate HDL facilities be constructed on a 137-acre site adjacent to the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland. The site, prior to becoming the home of HDL, had been used as farmland and had no historic properties. Construction began at the site in 1969, and by 1977 twenty-one completed structures in Adelphi housed all the HDL activities relocated from Washington, D.C. The 21 buildings and structures at Harry Diamond Laboratories at the Adelphi site are all of modern construction and, for the most part, are of utilitarian design.

Cite this Record

HABS/HAER Inventory Card for Harry Diamond Laboratories, BPI_0106. David G. Buchanan. Washington, DC 20240: U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service. 1982 ( tDAR id: 445886) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8445886

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min long: -79.514; min lat: 38.281 ; max long: -76.838; max lat: 39.749 ;

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