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Encyclopedia > National Park Seminary
May Day festivities at National Park Seminary in 1907.
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May Day festivities at National Park Seminary in 1907.

National Park Seminary (later National Park College) was a private girls' finishing school open from 1894 to 1942. Located in Forest Glen, Maryland, it was named for nearby Rock Creek Park. The historic campus is to be preserved as the center of a new housing development. May Day refers to any of several holidays celebrated on May 1 or in the beginning of May. ... A finishing school is a type of private school for girls that emphasizes cultural studies and prepares students especially for social activities. ... Forest Glen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. ... Rock Creek Park is an urban natural area with public park facilities which bisects Washington, D.C. East of the park, except for a few enclaves, the city has a decidedly urban character. ...

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College

The campus began in 1887 as "Ye Forest Inne," a summer vacation retreat for Washington, D.C. residents. The retreat did not succeed financially, and the property was sold and redeveloped as a finishing school, opening in 1894 with a class of 48 female students.[1] The architecture of the campus remained eclectic and whimsical. In addition to various Victorian styles, exotic designs included a Dutch windmill, a Swiss chalet, a Japanese pagoda, an Italian villa, and an English castle.[2] The campus also featured covered walkways, outdoor sculptures, and elaborately planned formal gardens.[3] In 1936 it was renamed "National Park College" and its focus was realigned with more modern educational trends; it remained one of the most prestigious women's schools in the country.[4] Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C. in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia. ... Manchester Town Hall is an example of Victorian architecture found in Manchester, UK. The term Victorian architecture can refer to one of a number of architectural styles predominantly in the Victorian era. ... Spanish Windmills at La Mancha A windmill is an engine powered by the wind to produce energy, often contained in a large building as in traditional post mills, smock mills and tower mills. ... A pagoda at Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia A pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower with multiple eaves common in China, Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia. ...


Walter Reed Forest Glen Annex

With the onset of World War II, the United States Army began planning for the medical needs of returning soldiers. In 1942, the property was condemned by Walter Reed Army Hospital as a medical facility for disabled soldiers, thus closing the college. The Army paid $890,000 for the land and buildings that became the Forest Glen Annex.[5] Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Walter Reed Army Medical Center is the U.S. Armys premier medical center on the east coast of the United States. ...


Preservation

The U.S. Army abandoned much of the property in the 1970s. On September 14, 1972, a 27 acre (0.11 km²) National Park Seminary Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the following years, the historical integrity of the property was threatened by neglect and vandalism. The Greek Revival Odeon Theater was lost to arson. Local preservation groups took action and "Save Our Seminary" (SOS) was formed in 1988. In the late 1990s, Senator Paul Sarbanes was instrumental in encouraging the Army to make repairs to some of the buildings, and ultimately in releasing the property, clearing the way for historic rehabilitation.[6] With private donations, SOS began an exterior restoration project of the pagoda in 1999, completed in 2003.[7] Also in 2003, a development team led by the Alexander Company began implementing a plan to preserve the campus as the core of a new residential neighborhood. September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ... Walhalla temple in Bavaria was completed in 1842. ... Paul Spyros Sarbanes (born February 3, 1933), a Democrat, is the senior United States Senator representing the state of Maryland. ...


References

  1. ^ A Brief History of National Park Seminary. Retrieved on October 23, 2006.
  2. ^ Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Forest Glen Annex. Retrieved on October 24, 2006.
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places. National Park Seminary Historic District (Redbook entry). Retrieved on October 23, 2006.
  4. ^ What is the National Park Seminary. Retrieved on October 24, 2006.
  5. ^ The National Park College Years. Retrieved on October 24, 2006.
  6. ^ Annex of Walter Reed. Retrieved on October 24, 2006.
  7. ^ Pagoda Preservation in Action. Retrieved on October 24, 2006.

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Coordinates: 39°0′42″N, 77°3′24″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


 
 

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