St. Elizabeths listed most-endangered site in DC





St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast is the most endangered site in the District, according to the D.C. Preservation League's 10th annual list of endangered places, which was released yesterday.
"As anyone knows, it takes a long time in D.C. for things to happen," said Rebecca Miller, executive director of the group. "It takes telling people over and over."
The federal government plans to build 4.5 million square feet of office space and parking on the hospital property for the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security, an action the group says will "virtually destroy the historic integrity" of the national landmark.
St. Elizabeths was founded by leading mental health reformer Dorothea Dix in 1855 as a treatment center for the mentally ill. There also is a Civil War cemetery on the hospital grounds.



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