Over Veteran’s Day I got a chance to visit the old Walter Reed…. The week we closed, I really wanted to walk around to all my favorite places and see them one last time, but we were so busy I didn’t get a chance to. I was thankful to see it again three years later. How spooky it was to be there without anyone around. The power was out in all of the buildings, except the Chapel. So the photos are dark…(and I’m not a photographer).
Building 11, Delano Hall, this was once the dormitory for the Army’s first Nursing School which graduated 400 Army nurses in its first graduating class. The years I was at Walter Reed, it was an administrative building known for anxiety provoking events like: finger printing, security clearances, CAC cards and replacement ID’s. (I had to go there a lot).
one of many old ballrooms. This one in Building 11.
view from the barracks
Building Two, Heaton Pavilion (named after Eisenhower’s surgeon). The last active hospital.
the veranda in front of Building 2. It is exactly 1/4 mile around, but no one’s running on it anymore.
Hallway into MATC – outside of OT Clinic. It is dark because the power is out.
Inside the Fishbowl
No more tour groups (except me)
That’s the the “Solo-Step” track in the ceiling, where we could clip patients in so they wouldn’t fall when learning to walk/run
you can just barely make out the tape outline of our old agility ladder on the floor
This is the view through the one way mirror in the psychiatrist’s office looking out into our clinic. Don’t act crazy!
someone appears to have left the driving simulator behind.
and the 3-D virtual reality treadmill!
– Hallway from MATC to Building One
Walking into the hospital now… This is the prosthetics lab where they assembled the arms and legs. Always busy -empty now.
No more sick call!
The therapy pool. Where the pool therapist once found a patient giving a St. Bernard dog a bath in the locker room during lunch.
Inside the 3rd Floor Outpatient PT Clinic – did someone have a party here?
3rd Floor Outpatient PT
View from PT Clinic
Stairwell in Walter Reed’s colors!
The monkeys were still in the trees
Ward 57 empty at last
Patient room in the Eisenhower Suite
– View from the Eisenhower Suite
– “I see France!” (KD)
Mologne House gazebo and patio. Unfortunately the fish in the coy pond were eaten by raccoons after the closure.
Crab apple trees.
Never noticed these before
Old Chapel still looks brilliant!
Working pipe organ
Rumbaugh Garage where I had always hoped to qualify for parking
– Now I’m a tourist. Goodbye WRAMC! You served us well.