The building in which Pound spent most of his time, in Chestnut Ward, was
torn down several years ago. Thanks to the brilliant initiative of Hugh
Witermeyer, who arranged for the excursion, participants in the MLA meeting
in Washington D.C. some years back (not the most recent one) were given a
tour of the ward.
From: - Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jennifer Wilson
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 12:46 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: What's happening to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington DC ?
Thanks for the heads-up on St. Liz. I was in DC last week and headed out
there, as I'd never visited the property. FYI the security is tight. The
guards at the front gate had to be cajoled to let our car through and
cautioned us, NO PHOTOS. We drove around the grounds, even to the newer
mental hospital in the back, whereupon I noticed that there's no security at
the Alabama Street gate, where we exited. There are a bunch of construction
trailers in that area and, if you turn left you have pretty much free access
to the entire property without subjecting yourself to the bullies. I didn't
even get out of the car and would have wanted to know which building Ez was
in. Many of the outbuildings are abandoned, with "Danger" signs on the
doors. I was told that John Hinckley, Reagan's attacker, is incarcerated in
the more modern facility.
It's my understanding that the project is a done deal, but I would be
willing to join a peitition if anyone has insight into how to block it.
"Homeland Security" is such a Nazi-sounding department, In my opinion they
should just put those people back in the FBI and CIA and be done with it.
On Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 7:47 PM, Grace Davis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yes, I saw this announcement on CNN last week. A few of us are planning to
> go up in the Spring to see it "one last time" before the beautiful campus
> marred by construction. I can only pray that it is true that a great chasm
> exists between getting approval for construction and actually breaking
> ground. Would Obama consider such a thing? Who knows?
> -Grace Davis
> Athens, GA
> --- On Sun, 1/25/09, Michael Springate <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Michael Springate <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: What's happening to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington DC ?
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009, 3:15 PM
> The federal government has gained approval to build a new headquarters for
> the Department of Homeland Security in the nation's capital.
> The "Washington Post" reports the three-point-four-billion dollar
> would be one of the largest construction projects in the DC area since the
> building of the Pentagon back in the 1940s.
> Supporters say it will bring economic activity to one of the poorer
> of the city, while providing a safe workplace for 14-thousand Homeland
> Security workers.
> Those against it, including historical preservationists, have long argued
> the project to be built on the grounds of Saint Elizabeth's Hospital,
> destroy a landmark site with scenic views of the Nation's Capital.