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St. Elizabeths Walking Tour – Very Cool

by Prince Of Petworth April 6, 2009 at 11:00 am 23 Comments

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On Saturday I went to Anacostia (about 10 minute walk from the Anacostia metro) to take a tour of St. Elizabeth’s campus sponsored by the DC Preservation League. As many know, St. Elizabeth’s is slated to become the new DHS headquarters so it’s not clear how long these tours will be available. I believe the next one is scheduled for May but you can check the DC Preservation League’s calendar here.

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The campus itself is huge. There are lots of cool buildings similar to the one above all with red boarded windows. We had two very knowledgeable guides but I most enjoyed wandering the grounds. You can read about the history of St. Elizabeth’s here. For those that follow this issue, are there any supporters of turning this property into DHS headquarters or do you think it should be used for something else?

Lots of photos after the jump.

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Above is the former secure part of the facility for the “criminally insane”.

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Oddly there was also an exercise course:

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Lots of great trees. This one reminded me of the one in Grant Circle:

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