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Home > District of Columbia > Washington > St. Elizabeths Hospital, Cow Barn, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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Location
2700 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DC-349-P
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N992).
Building/structure dates: 1884 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1917 subsequent work
Significance: According to the 1884 Annual Report for St. Elizabeths Hospital, "the new barn, a building 120 x 60 feet, with foundations and basement of brick and superstructure of wood, now drawing towards completion, will afford ample room for the hay and other forage crops cut from the farm as well as commodious quarters for our growing herd of milch cows." Built as part of the complex of agricultural buildings located on the east side of the former Nichols Avenue, the Cow barn was constructed to accommodate the Hospital's herd of about 100 dairy cattle and their associated dairying operations. About 1917 new concrete floors and columns were installed in the lower and middle levels of the cow barn. The current cement asbestos shingle roof may have been installed at that time as well.

Subjects
Outbuildings
Agriculture
Dairying


Related Names
Schara, Mark, Field Team
Clemence, Matthew A., Field Team
Rainey, Krishnia A., Field Team
Royer, Laura, Field Team
Rosenthal, James, Photographer
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Perspective view of southwest corner
Perspective view of southwest corner
Oblique view of south elevation, showing entrance ramp and bridge
Oblique view of south elevation
South elevation
West elevation
Detail view of west elevation
Detail view of entrance at north elevation, with scale stick
Interior view of upper level center aisle, looking north
Detail view of upper level timber framing in northwest corner
Interior view of middle level, looking north
Detail view of concrete trough and metal stanchions at east side of middle level, with scale stick
Detail view of concrete trough and metal stanchions at northwest corner of middle level
Detail view of overhead track mechanism at middle level


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