D.C. August 29, 2016
by Maura The Remnants Of This Abandoned Sand Filtration Site In Washington DC Are Hauntingly Beautiful
Washington DC is not a big city and with limited space, most pieces of land don’t stay abandoned or empty for long. One of the exceptions to that general rule is McMillan Sand Filtration Site. The site was once a fully functional water treatment plant run by the US Army but it was decommissioned in the 1980s and since then it has remained empty but it won’t be for much longer. Get a glimpse of this mysterious abandoned site before it changes forever.
The McMillan Sand Filtration Site is on a 25-acre piece of land right in the Northwest of Washington DC across from the Children’s National Medical Center.
Many people view McMilan as Washington DC’s stonehenge, a collection of large concrete silos that are mysterious and also, beautiful.
The site was built in 1905 and part of the plan for McMillan was to help modernize Washington and add more green space to the city.
The famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted helped to design the park. Residents of the area enjoyed playing in the park until World War II when it was closed to the public.
Underneath the park there are twenty catacomb-like cells where sand would filter water to purify the water from the Potomac River.
Now the park and the catacombs underneath remain empty and the whole place has a quiet and eerie feel.
But there’s also a beauty in the tombs as there are numerous manhole covers, some of which remain open, adding light to the chambers.
The site has been a dividing factor in the area as the city determined what exactly to do with it. Many wanted to preserve the area and save the park while others wanted to build over it.
Those in favor of building have succeed and the property is set to undergo a $720 million redevelopment and will become the destination of a combination housing, shopping and office space.
However, while plans have been approved, construction has not yet begun and the site still stands as it has, abandoned for the last 30 years.
So if you are in the area, head to where North Capitol Street meets Michigan Avenue, to view this stunning piece of Washington DC history.
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