Old Naval Hospital

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Old Naval Hospital
Old Naval Hospital is located in Washington, D.C.
Old Naval Hospital
Old Naval Hospital is located in District of Columbia
Old Naval Hospital
Old Naval Hospital is located in the US
Old Naval Hospital
Location 8th and E Street, SE
Washington, D.C.
United States
Coordinates 38°52′58.8″N 76°59′35.16″W / 38.883000°N 76.9931000°W / 38.883000; -76.9931000Coordinates: 38°52′58.8″N 76°59′35.16″W / 38.883000°N 76.9931000°W / 38.883000; -76.9931000
Built 1866
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP Reference # 74002171[1]
Added to NRHP May 3, 1974

The Old Naval Hospital is a historic building located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast Washington, D.C., in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.


In March 1864, president Abraham Lincoln asked Congress to construct the Hospital. It was constructed in July 1866, for $115,000.[2] Designed to accommodate 50 patients, the new hospital had good ventilation and running water, and gas lighting.

In 1906, the hospital moved to its newly constructed facility at Observatory Hill, 23rd Street, and E Streets, N.W.[3]

In 1922, the building became the Temporary Home for Veterans of All Wars. The property is still owned by the federal government but its jurisdiction was transferred to the District of Columbia in 1962. The building was vacant for many years.

Before restoration in 2008.

The Friends of the Old Naval Hospital has raised money to restore the building, at an estimated cost of $12 million.[4][5] The plan is for the Hill Center, to be a facility for education and community life on Capitol Hill. Restoration started in June, 2010.[6][7][8][9]

The 1983 movie "D.C. Cab" filmed inside the building, using it as the set for a hospital scene with Sampson (Mr. T) and his niece.

See also[edit]

Old Washington Naval Hospital, 1900


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "The Old Naval Hospital--A Capitol Hill Treasure", Rodger Streitmatter
  3. ^ History of the Old Naval Hospital
  4. ^ Elise Viebeck (03/15/11). "The gathering place". The Hill.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Martha M. Boltz (August 4, 2010). "Civil War hospital lives again". The Washington Times. 
  6. ^ Restoration of the Old Naval Hospital
  7. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form" (PDF). National Capital Planning Commission. National Park Service. May 3, 1974. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Looking Back: Old Naval Hospital: DCist
  9. ^ http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/things-do-see/attractions/hill-center-old-naval-hospital

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