Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Walter Reed General Hospital
Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center
— Walking Tour —
The Main Hospital was completed in 1909, featuring red brick and white detailing in the Georgian Colonial Revival style, a fashionable architectural trend at the beginning of the 20th century. Chosen by the Army for its classical principles and formality, the style projected permanence, elegance and stability for the flagship of Army medicine.
World War I dictated the need to quickly expand the hospital to accommodate more patients and trumped the formal planning and design of the campus. Construction of temporary frame buildings covering nearly all available land began in 1917 and included barracks, mess halls, hospital wards
Replace of temporary clinical wards with permanent brick buildings began late in the 1920s with most construction complete by the early 1930s. Most of these permanent wards were located north of the Main Hospital. All but one of these were later razed to make way for construction of large modern buildings in the 1950s (the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology) and 1970s (the new hospital, Heaton Pavilion). (Marker Number 3.)
Location. 38° 58.472′ N, 77° 1.758′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Main Drive Northwest 0.1 miles west of 12th Street Northwest, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Borden's Dream (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter Reed Army Medical Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Borden's Dream Realized (within shouting distance of this marker); Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); WRAMC - Modern Era (about 400 feet away); Battle of Fort Stevens (about 400 feet away); Site of a Tulip Tree (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Walter Reed Army Medical Center (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4, 5. submitted on December 24, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.