Gustave Ring was a successful developer and builder. In 1935 he began construction of the Colonial Village garden apartment housing complex in Arlington, Virginia (pictured above) with FHA funding. Ring was one of the first builders to work with the FHA. He helped to shape their lending policies and by 1939 he controlled $37 million of the $100 million worth of mortgage insurance provided by the federal institution. Ring's other projects included Arlington Village (1939), the Westchester Apartments (1930) and the Ring Building (1948) in Washington, and other construction around the country.