St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C.: Architecture of an Asylum

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This well-illustrated book follows an exhibition at the National Building Museum, highlighting the ways that this specialized architecture and landscape served the mentally ill. St. Elizabeth's has been a mental health hospital in Washington, D.C., since 1852, when it was established by the United States Congress as the Government Hospital for the Insane. St. Elizabeths, experienced rapid expansion in its first century Deinstitutionalization in the second half of the twentieth century emptied out the historic buildings on campus. It continues the story of St. Elizabeths, a National Historic Landmark, through its current redevelopment as a federal campus and mixed-use neighborhood.
ISBN: 9781467141727
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: District of Columbia
Series: Landmarks
Images: 183
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Sarah A. Leavitt is a curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where her exhibition subjects have included low-income renter eviction, community policing and the history of the parking garage. She is the editor of Taliesin Diary: A Year with Frank Lloyd Wright (Norton, 2013) and the author of From Catharine Beecher to Martha Stewart: A Cultural History of Domestic Advice (University of North Carolina Press, 2002). Leavitt graduated from Wesleyan University and holds a PhD in American studies from Brown University. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and son.
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