GSA Sends DHS to Saint E’s

Coming to take them away?

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) may move the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the site of Saint Elizabeths Hospital (“Saint E’s”), the historic Government Hospital for the Insane.

GSA did not say if this is a reflection on DHS policy or organizational capacity.

DHS is currently scattered in more than 50 Washington-area locations. Inmates of Saint Elizabeths have been described as scattered, too.

Saint Elizabeths is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register. In order to preserve the site for use by DHS, GSA will demolish 18 or 25 designated historic buildings on the hospital’s West Campus.

There is no indication that GSA intends to check into Saint Elizabeths before making these plans final.

Image made without sharp tools in the therapeutic crafts shop by Mike Licht.

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