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Forest Glen Seminary (Victorian girl's school)

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Apr. 23rd, 2009 | 04:01 pm
posted by: discipuladc in abandonedplaces



I've recently become obsessed with the Forest Glen Seminary, and have taken some photos of it:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7760104@N06/sets/72157615782155689/

For those of you that aren't from the DC area, the property was developed in the mid 19th-century, and the ornate central building was built as a hotel. When this proved to be an economic failure, it was turned into a boarding school for girls (hence "seminary") and the owners got very enthusiastic about the unusual architecture. Every time a new building was needed, they tried to represent a foreign culture or the tradition of classical education (think of Victorian Epcot!). During WW2, the buildings served their country by housing injured soldiers discharged from the neighboring Walter Reed hospital. Unfortunately, after that, the army saw fit to neither return nor take care of the property, and left it to decay, and in some cases, burn down. After years of legal battles, the seminary neighborhood is being made into expensive condos to fund the preservation. Some of the construction is new, but some people are living in the main building again!

You may learn more at http://www.saveourseminary.org/













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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Apr. 23rd, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I am SO glad to see it hasn't all been redeveloped yet!! I want to see it the next time I visit my sister but she lives waaay out in...well, Maryland, heh...

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PMMJ

er, restore, I guess, at this point

from: cheetahmaster
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
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They're working hard to preserve as much of the original look as they can.

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julia

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from: noctiferi
date: Apr. 23rd, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
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those statues are beautiful =)

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a_paperwhite

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from: a_paperwhite
date: Apr. 23rd, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Those are beautiful shots. I'd love to see it reinstated as a school of some kind.

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onyx_noir

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from: onyx_noir
date: Apr. 23rd, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
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What a beautiful place, thanks for the photos!

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chikenmcnuggets

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from: chikenmcnuggets
date: Apr. 23rd, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Incredible photos of an incredible location.

I hope this doesn't sound weird, but it looks so vampiric. Like Lestat de Lioncourt is going to jump out from somewhere or that Dracula has taken refuge for the morning to slumber...

Quite haunting.

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breltard95

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from: breltard95
date: Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
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I can't help but imagine I'd be a better - or at least smarter - person if I'd gone to school in those surroundings instead of the butt-ugly sprawling cube of brick I attended.

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vegaenglit

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from: vegaenglit
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
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tell me about it.

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Pastor Saturn

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from: pastor_saturn
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
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One of my favorite places. Thanks for posting these! :)

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pegasus2o5

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from: pegasus2o5
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Okay, I have to comment on your icon. What is that, Dinosaur Comics as done by Pictures for Sad Children??

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Pastor Saturn

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from: pastor_saturn
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
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You got it! Someone on the Dinosaur Comics feed list made it from a guest strip the PfSC artist did, and was kind enough to let me gank. :) Doesn't it look like T-Rex is saying, "Yay! I'm stomping on a house!"

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pegasus2o5

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from: pegasus2o5
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Sure does! But then, T-Rex is known for looking ridiculously happy, particularly in panel 2. DC?PfSC... gotta love cross-overs.

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Shadow Greentrees/Sabersinger aka Joyce Chng

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from: jolantru
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
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The pictures are beautiful. I can imagine how grand it was, in the past.

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The Newt of Death

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from: dragons_wine
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
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Amazing!

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teh second brain

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from: weirdwig
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
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That first picture of the statue is beautiful!
Would it be ok if I used it as a display picture?

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vegaenglit

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from: vegaenglit
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
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how did i live in DC and miss this? awesome pics.

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Screen Siren

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from: misskelleen
date: Apr. 24th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful, wow.

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from: partypleaser
date: Apr. 28th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
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i love it!!

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