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Photo 2: Mitchell Hall under construction, ca. 1958. [Photo 2] with link to larger version of photo.
(USAFA, Special Collections)

When ground was broken in 1955, the Academy was the largest single educational building program ever undertaken in the United States. More than 5,000 workers were employed by 20 major construction firms. Mitchell Hall, the cadet dining facility, is located on the Terrazzo. In this photo, workers are preparing the steel truss roof structure to be raised. The completed building was roughly 308 feet by 308 feet.

Questions for Photo 2

1. Identify Mitchell Hall on Drawing 1 and Photo 1. Who was this building named after? (Refer back to Reading 1, if necessary.)

2. Does this photo help you to understand the scale of the Academy project? If so, how?

3. What can you learn about the building materials and construction techniques from studying this photo?

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