Here’s some interesting news — the Armed Forces Retirement Home’s (AFRH) Eagle Gate — at Upshur Street — will officially be closing at 6:30 p.m. today so it can be renovated. At that time, the Randolph Gate will be reopened for use in the interim as a main entrance during the renovation. The AFRH also hopes to use the Randolph Gate more in the future with community events.
The Randolph Gate has been closed to vehicular traffic since December 9, 1953. The gate, along with the one at Park Road, was originally closed due to the construction of the Washington Hospital Center, and a desire for the Soldiers’ Home to not have traffic sitting on its property because of the construction.
The Eagle Gate is expected to reopen on November 9, 2012, at the latest.
Below if the description from the AFRH Website:
The Eagle gate will be closed for approximately 120 days beginning Monday, June 4, 2012.
GPS location for Randolph Gate is 333
Rock Creek Church Road, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Vehicle traffic will NOW enter the Home through Scale Gate, which is located on North Capitol Street and Randolph Street Gate, which is located on Rock Creek Church Road.
We will be changing our vehicle traffic pattern on the grounds of the Home to provide a safe and efficient entry and exit for traffic at Scale Gate and Randolph Street Gate.
A change in pedestrian traffic is also necessary. Pedestrians will enter using the Randolph Street Gate.