“Established in 1867, the Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio (now the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center) was one of the three original branches in the National Home system, which provided medical and rehabilitative care to Union veterans after the Civil War. The Central Branch was the first branch laid out using a decentralized plan with a grid pattern for the streets and a Picturesque style landscape for the parks and gardens surrounding the campus core. This campus plan served as a model for the remaining National Home branches and later VA hospitals.
The early Veterans Administration era buildings on the campus date from 1930 to 1959. The peak of this new construction at the Dayton VAMC was between 1936 and 1940 when the medical center received funding from New Deal programs. These buildings were erected quickly to provide jobs for men and in preparation for war in Europe, as tensions mounted. Centrally located on campus, the three-story brick Colonial Revival Patrick Hospital (Building 302) dates from 1940. The building is currently used for outpatient mental health services. Just west of the hospital are two Colonial Revival domiciliary facilities (Buildings 409 and 410) and a Dining Hall (Building 411) also from 1940.”
Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on May 14, 2014.
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