These were the Domiciliary Buildings…. they we used from the 1880s until after the Vietnam War. One of the guys I play chess with lived in one of them a few times back in the late 1970s They were full back then.
There was a time when the Doms had residents from the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War 1. They kept them separated by wards because they all thought their war was the ‘Big One’ and tended to try to injure one another over it.
Back then they fed everyone in a single building, had formations most days with everyone required to wear a uniform and turn out on the streets. And they were kept busy repairing, landscaping, even digging clay for the bricks to build and repair the buildings on the campus.
The old house I live in was built in 1896 by these old guys, and it’s easy to see they weren’t carpenters.
Beginning January 1, 2018, they began some renovation on the old ‘dom’ buildings. Some entrepreneur was given a 99 year lease on the buildings and they’ll have the interiors, currently death traps, torn out so’s the buildings can be rented out as apartments.
They’ve already done that to a few others not shown here, and the campus has around 200 residents living in the four buildings. Maybe more. When they’ve done the other thirteen old ‘dom’ buildings this place is going to be jam-packed again, but with all sorts of people I imagine.
Time hurries on.
These are photos posted after the first time I ever saw this place back in early 2014. Jeanne took most of the pictures and I just walked around amazed at the place. But back then I was still in the process of dying on her couch and didn’t have a lot of energy.
All in all it hasn’t changed much. Just a bit more run down and crumbling.
Anyway, I sure as heck never dreamed a few years later I’d be living here. Old Jules
So Far From Heaven
Possumly Jesse James, or a Younger or Dalton or someone else lived here, or visited here, or rode a horse by the place and gazed at it as he/she went by.
!895 Chapel for VA Center at Fort Leavenworth in seriously bad repair. Protestant downstairs, Catholic further downstairs though the signs are somewhat misleading. No harm in a protestant attending Mass or a Catholic racking up some fire and brimstone occasionally, I reckons.
Interesting stained glass work. Dunno whether it’s Catholic or the other one.
Gargoyles are shared equally by Catholics and Protestants.
The VA hospital environment surrounding this seems obliquely appropriate.
The metalwork on those doors is probably symbolic of something, but everyone who once knew what it was is dead.
This end of the building is in bad repair threatening collapse in places, but ain’t likely to get any better.
Directly across the street from the chapel. It’s…
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