Secret Cities


Hear about K-25, the "Queen Marys", and other scientific and military buildings of the Manhattan Project. G. Martin Moeller, Jr., curator of the exhibition Secret Cities, discusses how extraordinary achievements in architecture and engineering yielded the world's largest building (K-25) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when it was completed in 1944 and the 800-foot-long chemical separation plants (Queen Marys) of Hanford, Washington.

Learning objectives

  • Recognize the basic scientific challenges facing the Manhattan Project and how they were manifest in the industrial and research facilities built for the Secret Cities of Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, and Hanford.
  • Consider how the design of the research facilities affected aspects of daily work life in the Secret Cities during World War II.
  • Trace the ongoing development of research and technical buildings and operations in the Secret Cities after the war and up to the present.
  • Discover how the R&D work done in the Secret Cities led to the first test of an atomic bomb and the subsequent bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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