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Fort McNair in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Building 20, Grant Hall

 
 
Building 20, Grant Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 3, 2013
1. Building 20, Grant Hall Marker
Inscription. In 1829, the Federal Penitentiary was built on this site. Designed by Charles Bulfinch, the Architect of the Capitol, the Penitentiary was influenced by the prison reform movement of the 1820s. In 1831, an eastern extension to the building added a women's ward and quarters for the deputy warden. The Deputy Warden's Quarters is all that remains of the original structures. The center of national attention in 1865, this part of the building became the site of the trial and sentencing of those implicated in the assassination of President Lincoln. Four conspirators were sentenced to die, including the first woman executed by Federal order, Mary Surratt. The gallows were constructed in the Penitentiary Courtyard and the executions took place July 7, 1865.
 
Erected 2013.
 
Location. 38° 52.01′ N, 77° 1.04′ W. Marker is in Fort McNair, District of Columbia, in Washington. Touch for map. The marker is at the west entrance to Grant Hall, which is on Fort McNair -- a military post normally closed to the public. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20319, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Assassination Trial (within shouting distance of this marker); Women War Workers 1861 - 1865
Building 20, Grant Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 3, 2013
2. Building 20, Grant Hall Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walter Reed (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Walter Reed (approx. 0.3 miles away); Military Education at Fort McNair (approx. 0.4 miles away); Titanic Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Housing Reform and the Syphax School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Linking the "Island" to the City (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort McNair.
 
Also see . . .
1. Grant Hall renovations complete. (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
2. website with historic sites on Fort McNair. (Submitted on May 1, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
3. . (Submitted on May 1, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
4. The Washington, D.C. Arsenal Penitentiary. (Submitted on May 1, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Plaque for Gen. Ulysses S. Grant image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 3, 2013
3. Plaque for Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Dedication ceremony for renovation of Grant Hall image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 3, 2013
4. Dedication ceremony for renovation of Grant Hall
Entrance to Grant Hall image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 3, 2013
5. Entrance to Grant Hall
Reconstructed courtroom image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 3, 2013
6. Reconstructed courtroom
Building 20, Grant Hall looking from the southeast image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, April 3, 2013
7. Building 20, Grant Hall looking from the southeast
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 660 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 30, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   5. submitted on May 1, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   6. submitted on April 30, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   7. submitted on May 1, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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