halls of government

Photograph: “Interior Hallway – St. Elizabeths Hospital, B Building, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC.” Historic American Building Survey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. St. Elizabeths was the first federally operated psychiatric hospital in the U.S., host to famous residents from to Ezra Pound to John Hinckley, Jr.. But the beautiful old buildings are long neglected. I snapped a few illustrative pictures on a tour of the east campus a few years ago. The west campus is already under lock and key, because – in a fitting irony – this historic psychiatric facility is slated to become the new home of the Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. Coast Guard headquarters is already under construction.

 

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