Located in upper northwest Washington between 16th Street and Georgia Avenue, the 113-acre Walter Reed Campus is one of the most famous military hospitals in the United States. It is slated for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure Act. The historic hospital opened its doors in May of 1909 to ten patients and fourteen years later Gen. John J. Pershing signed the order creating the Army Medical Center. In 1951 the complex of 100 rose-brick Georgian style buildings became known as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. An application has been filed to designate the entire campus as an historic district, with listing on the National Register.
In January 2010 the C100 Trustees approved a resolution supporting the proposed landmark designation of the Walter Reed Historic District and authorizing the Historic Preservation Subcommittee to take appropriate action in support of this designation. Walter Reed closed in September 2011. Part of its campus (67.5 acres) is slated to go to the District of Columbia; the remainder (45.5 acres) will be transferred to the Department of State for potential embassy use. Committee members have participated in meetings relating to the Section 106 review process required by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for the DC portion of the property. A formal Programmatic Agreement is being drafted by the Army, the Advisory Council and the DC Office of Historic Preservation. It is expected to be released for public comment this fall. It is expected that a separate Section 106 process will be initiated by the Department of State relating to plans for developing its portion of the site, and C 100 intends to participate in that process as well.
- C100 Letter NCPC Engine Co 22
- March 30, 2016, Nancy MacWood & Faith Wheeler
C100 letter to Marcel Acosta, NCPC, commenting on the proposed design for the FEMS Engine 22 on the Building 18 site of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).
- C100 Comments Walter Reed HPRB Hearing
- October 29, 2015, Loretta Neumann
We participated as a consulting party on the draft programmatic agreement the Army negotiated with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the DC Historic Preservation Office under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. We also attended numerous meetings concerning the reuse plan and small area plan. We testified on the District’s Walter Reed Small Area Plan before the HPRB in 2012 and the DC Council in 2013, and on the Walter Reed Text and Map Amendments before the DC Zoning Commission on the in April 2015.
We have reviewed the materials provided in the application and the staff report by Tim Dennee.
- 2015-01-20 C100 Letter Congresswoman Norton Walter Reed
- January 20, 2015, Nancy Mac Wood, Chair Committee of 100
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) is pleased to submit comments (and recommendations) regarding the proposal of the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) to acquire 13.2 acres [Buildings 54, 53, 52 and 3].
- C100 Comments On Foreign Missions Center At Walter Reed DEIS
- January 2014, Richard Houghton & Nancy MacWood
Although the Committee of 100 is sympathetic to the inherent tension in creating a diplomatic enclavewhile also providing a sufficiently secure and decorous environment for the diplomatic community, the Committee is seriously concerned that the apparent strategy of DOS is to create a blank slate for foreign mission development opportunities at Walter Reed.
- 2013-06-27 C100 Comments On Foreign Missions Center Walter Reed Historic Properties
- June 27, 2013, Loretta Neumann
The Committee of 100 is greatly distressed also to learn that the plan anticipates substantial demolition of most of the historic buildings on the portion of the campus that is going to be used for the new Foreign Missions Center. This seems to counter one of statements made by a State Department representative who said, “We are committed to protecting historic resources.” The devil is, as the old saying goes, in the details.
- 2012-10-31 C100 Comments To Office Of Planning Re Walter Reed Small Area Plan
- October 31, 2012, Richard Houghton
The historical importance of the site and designated features should be acknowledged and upheld throughout the redevelopment process. The Committee of 100 has commented on this subject previously and was a consulting party in the 106 process.
- 2012-09-27 C100 Comments On Walter Reed Small Area Plan
- September 27, 2012, Loretta Neumann
First, we want to stress that this site has great local as well as national historical significance. Second, the historical significance of WRAMC site is not limited to its function as an Army medical hospital and research facility that opened in 1909. Third, we wish to acknowledge and thank Tim Dennee, HPO architectural historian and preservation planner who has worked both thoughtfully and diligently with the Army, ACHP, and consulting parties on historic preservation issues at Walter Reed and to develop the programmatic agreement.Fourth, as Mr. Dennee’s report notes, there are also other historic properties that will be transferred to the Department of State on about 43 acres on the west side of Walter Reed.
- 2012-08-10 C100 Comments DOS Intention To Develop EIS On WRAMC
- August 10, 2012, Loretta Neumann
The Committee appreciates the opportunity to state some concerns relating to the intention of the Department of State (DOS) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement on the DOS proposal to obtain from the U.S. Army 43.5 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) to redevelop as a Foreign Missions Center (FMC).
- 2012-05-15 C100 Comments On The April 27 2012 Draft Programmatic Agreement For Walter Reed
- May 15, 2012, Loretta Neumann
For most part, we are very pleased with the changes that have been made to the PA. The April 27, 2012 version incorporates many suggestions that we made to the November 3, 2011 draft and includes other improvements. We especially appreciate the additional inclusions of consulting parties in reviewing future plans and programs, and understand that this includes organizations and individuals who are interested but not necessarily signing as concurring parties.