11 Most Endangered Historic Places
St. Elizabeths Hospital
Year Listed: 2002
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
It may be the most famous mental hospital in America, but now Washington, D.C.'s St. Elizabeths Hospital – a sprawling 300-acre complex that dates back to the 1850s and has housed such notorious residents as John Hinckley and the poet Ezra Pound – is also one of the most endangered. This National Historic Landmark – which at one time included a railroad, bakery, greenhouse and an impressive collection of Victorian and Colonial Revival buildings – is crumbling, and a shrinking patient population has left many historically significant structures vacant.