Then and Now: The Eagle Gate, U.S. Soldiers’ Home

Eagle Gate, Soldiers' Home ca. 1920Eagle Gate, Soldiers' Home, Mar. 2010

(Historic image ca.  1920, from a postcard in the author’s collection)

Even though the Eagle Gate — located at Rock Creek Church Road & Upshur — is clearly recognizable today, there is no mistaking that its has undergone some changes over the years. The most noticeable may be the absence of the iron archway and electric light that once illuminated the gate. More subtle, but still obvious is the moving of the piers which originally defined a narrower gate with side pedestrian gates. Though these elements are still present, they’ve been reconfigured to accommodate modern vehicles. Another significant change, though not present in these photos, is the absence of the street car line that once served this location.

Eagle Gate, detail showing current placement of northern piers

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One Comment on “Then and Now: The Eagle Gate, U.S. Soldiers’ Home”


  1. […] 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 […]


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