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Covert CapitalLandscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia$
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Andrew Friedman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274648

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274648.001.0001

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The Covert Intimacies of Langley and Dulles

The Covert Intimacies of Langley and Dulles

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(p.29) One The Covert Intimacies of Langley and Dulles
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Covert Capital
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Andrew Friedman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274648.003.0002

Arguing that the CIA headquarters’ overt planning was secondary to CIA social networks already defining the exurbs northwest of Georgetown, most notably at the modernist house of Eleanor Dulles, this chapter traces the CIA project from its design by the New York architects Harrison and Abramovitz through its opening and inhabitation after 1961. A year later, Eero Saarinen’s Dulles International Airport, a modern, idealistic architectural island in the countryside, opened at the other end of the Dulles Corridor. In treating these buildings that bracket the ends of the Dulles Corridor, this chapter shows how the built environment of the covert capital spatialized and processed the paradoxes of imperialism, idealism, and disavowal in the CIA’s domestic landscape.

Keywords:   Langley, headquarters, CIA, Dulles, McLean, Harrison, Abramovitz, airport, Saarinen, covert, secrecy

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