St. Elizabeths in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Redevelopment of St. Elizabeths
— Preserving the Legacy. Realizing Potential. —
Bringing a Landmark Back to Life
St. Elizabeths overs approximately 350 acres. The West Campus, on the other side of the historic wall in front of you, is comprised of 176 acres and is the oldest part of the historic campus. It is owned by the United States government and will be redeveloped by the U.S. General Services Administration for use as headquarters for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The East Campus, owned by the District of Columbia, is located on the opposite side of Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue.
St. Elizabeths has been designated a National Historic Landmark for its architectural and social importance to the history of the United States. Its Gothic Revival and Italianate architecture, its landscapes, its association with advancements in the treatment of mental illness, and its association with significant individuals such as mental health care reformer, Dorothea Dix, St. Elizabeths' first Superintendent Dr. Charles W. Nichols, and Thomas U. Walter, Architect of the Capitol, all contribute to St. Elizabeths' landmark status.
A New Home for the Department of Homeland Security
Of the 62 historic buildings which contribute to St. Elizabeths' designation as a National Historic Landmark, 51 will be retained and rehabilitated for reuse. Large portions of the historic landscape will be rehabilitated and the historic 19th-century cemetery will be preserved.
Phase I of redevelopment will include a new headquarters building for the United States Coast Guard. The building will consist of approximately 1.2 million square feet and will be located along the embankment on the westernmost edge of the West Campus just east of I-295. The building will step down the hill to minimize its visual profile from outside the campus and will include many sustainable features and technologies. Phase I will also include the rehabilitation of a number of historic buildings, plus the construction of perimeter security fencing. Phase II will include the rehabilitation of the oldest structure, the Center Building, and construction on the East Campus of the new headquarters for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Phase III will include the rehabilitation of remaining historic structures and construction of new buildings to house the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Erected by U.S. General Services Administration.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 2005.
Location. 38° 51.176′ N, 76° 59.77′ W. Marker is in St. Elizabeths in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast and Redwood Street, on the right when traveling south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast. Marker is at Gate 2 of St. Elizabeths Campus. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2701 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue Southeast, Washington DC 20032, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of St. Elizabeths Hospital (here, next to this marker); St. Elizabeths Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Curative Powers of Nature (approx. ¼ mile away); Grandpapa's Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hillsdale (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Elizabeths Hospital Civil War Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Barry Farm Dwellings (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Elizabeths.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2019. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2019.