For Men Only

Wilmington Hall, which the Los Angeles Housing Authority proudly calls the world's largest hotel for men, threw open its doors Sunday to admit the first of the 3,000 shipyard workers it was built to house—75% single men, 25% married men who live there on weekdays because home is too far away, or will be after Dec. 1 gas rationing. Its 69 frame buildings, community center, cafeteria (seating 900), gymnasium-auditorium (capacity 1,350) are spread over eleven city blocks all within rifle shot of three big shipyards—California, Bethlehem and Consolidated—so that its tenants can walk to work.

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