Armed Forces Retirement Home Closes Historic Eagle Gate for Renovations

In preparation of the Randolph Gate’s reopening, the bollards have been removed

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.

The AFRH’s Eagle gate will be closed for renovations from June 4-November 9

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.

Eagle Gate ca. 1920

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4 Comments on “Armed Forces Retirement Home Closes Historic Eagle Gate for Renovations”

  1. imgoph Says:

    please, please, let this be part of a loosening of the securicrat mentality all over the city!

  2. Arlus Says:

    Any idea why AFRH is cutting down so many trees along RCC Road between Randolph and Taylor? They had three or four wood chippers out this morning for several hours.

    • Kent Says:

      According to an email from Commissioner Rob Mandle

      “… this is an effort to improve and restore the views back into the property. The AFRH is constrained a great deal by what they can do by historic preservation requirements. The work they are doing now is really about restoring the views into the property. … the brush and understory that has been removed is that which has grown in since they reduced their maintenance of the area. The large, old trees are being maintained and will likely be made healthier as part of this process.”


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