Old Naval Observatory
Old Naval Observatory
Location: 23rd Street and E Steet., N.W., Washington, D.C. Coordinates: Coordinates: Built: 1843 Architect: Ernest Flagg Architectural style: No Style Listed Governing body: DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY NRHP Reference#: 66000864 Significant dates Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966 Designated NHL: January 12, 1965
Old Naval Observatory is a site in Washington, D.C.. The observatory operated from 1844 to 1893 when it was closed in favor of a new U.S. Naval Observatory facility on Massachusetts Avenue. The building and grounds were retained by the U.S. Navy, which first used it to house the Naval Museum of Hygiene from 1894 to 1902. Beginning in 1903, the Naval Medical Hospital was constructed on the grounds, and it remained in use until 1942, when hospital operations were transferred to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
Today, the facility houses the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. The grounds and observatory are closed to the public. The entire Navy Hill is being transferred to the State Dept. due to BRAC and the Navy will be moving out. The Central Intelligence Agency's forerunner, the OSS was a tenant on the Hill during World War II, and the Public Health Service had a hospital there as well.
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html.
- ^ a b "Old Naval Observatory". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=655&ResourceType=Building. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
- ^ Inci A. Bowman (September 13, 2006). Historic Medical Sites in the Washington, DC Area. National Library of Medicine. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/medtour/bumed.html
- ^ Blanche H. Schroer and Steven H. Lewis (March 3, 1977). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Old Naval Observatory. National Park Service. http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/66000864.pdf and Accompanying nine photos, exterior and interior, from 1873, 1975, and undated
- Old Naval Observatory, Twenty-Third & E Streets Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC: 2 photos, 2 data pages, at Historic American Building Survey
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