The Old Soldiers’ Home Park Rd Gate … Closed Since 1955
The gates into the Old Soldiers’ Home located at the intersection of Park Road and Park Place closed for the last time on Thursday, January 27, 1955. The main reason for their closing was the construction to the south on the Washington Hospital Center, which had necessitated the closing of some roads within the Soldiers’ Home grounds. About a year prior to the closing of the gate at Park Road, the construction had also closed the South Gate at 1st Street and the East Gate at Harewood road.
Below is the same view today. Permanent curbing and fencing was ultimately installed removing the most obvious signs of the former gate. Bushes and other plants have been allowed to grow up which obscure the view of the gatehouse.
Other than the gatehouse, the other hint of the former gate is the ornate 19th century wrought iron gate posts framing the former entrance. They’re easy to miss unless you are already aware of them. Photo of one of the gate posts with some detail shots can be found after the jump …