Where's Building 1?
This is our version of “Where’s Waldo?” It’s “Where’s Building 1?”
NIH grew quite a bit between 1949, when staff could play baseball behind the U-shaped Building 1, and 2004, when the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center was being constructed. Can you find Building 1 in the second photo? It’s still in the middle—you can see the white portico.
Ironically, as the NIH campus at Bethesda went from pastoral scientific Eden to modern university-like campus, its responsibilities actually decreased. When NIH moved to Bethesda in 1938, it performed many of the same functions that the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency do today. Now the NIH focuses on biomedical research that impacts human health, from basic science to clinical practice.
You can check out our other aerial photos to look for Building 1.
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This page was last updated on Monday, March 14, 2022