In 1965, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was created by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This year, HUD celebrates 50 years of service to the American people.
HUD was created as a cabinet level agency. Its mission was to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Completed in 1968, the HUD building was dedicated on September 2 with President Johnson and the first Secretary of HUD, Robert C. Weaver, in attendance.
Weaver — a civil rights activist and advisor to the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a member of the Black Cabinet — became the first Secretary of HUD in 1966 after President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him. He was also the first African American to serve as a cabinet member.
In 1999, the HUD building was officially named the Robert C. Weaver Federal Building. It was designed by the renowned architect, Marcel Breuer. It stands 10 stories high and dominates the southwest corners of 7th and D Streets in southwest Washington, DC.
GSA’s Role in Developing HUD
GSA began the design and construction of the HUD headquarters building in 1965. In an effort to support HUD’s renewal programs, GSA selected a site for the building in the redeveloping area of southwest Washington, DC. Over the last five decades, the federal guidelines for architecture that helped create the HUD headquarters buildings have become the foundation of GSA’s Design Excellence Program.
HUD and GSA came together fifty years ago and fifty years later, the works of both agencies are literally and figuratively still standing.