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June 1998

National Soldiers Home

This is the entrance to the cafeteria (not sure if it is still used for that or not) at the National Soldiers Home in Johnson City. Beautiful, beautiful architecture here dating back to the turn of the century. I could run a whole series of photos just on the elaborate castings used in the ornate facias of these buildings. This is a huge complex of buildings, dormitories, a hospital, what used to be a TB ward, a dairy barn, theatre, post office, a lake, canteen and you name it. It was designed to be a complete self-contained city for its residents. There were a good many houses on the property for the doctors and staff. There's also a large circular cemetary on the grounds. If you're in Johnson City, it's worth a drive through here just to see early 1900 architecture at its finest.


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