The fascinating story of CIA headquarters’s oldest building

From Curbed’s best reads on trailblazing women designers to the New York Times’s belated obituaries for extraordinary women they overlooked, lots of amazing stories were surfaced yesterday for International Women’s Day. But as Women’s History Month rolls on, you shouldn’t miss a gem of a tale shared by the CIA, of all places, about 2 remarkable women and one historic house.

Yesterday the CIA published a feature on Margaret Scattergood and Florence Thorne, 2 women who were heavyweights in the American Federation of Labor in the early- and mid-20th-century, making significant contributions to advancing women’s rights in the workplace and child labor laws. For over 50 years, Scattergood and Thorne were also owners and residents of a 1926-built Georgian Revival house on a quiet 20 acres in Northern Virginia. Dubbed the Calvert Estate, the 5, 000-square-foot house would eventually become part of the grounds of the CIA, who made for an unusual neighbor and future steward of the historic home.

Check out the CIA’s tweet thread below for a bite-sized telling of the story, or head here for all the details.

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