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Something Old, Something New: Inside The Hill Center

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The Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital (pictured from Pennsylvania Ave. SE) is opening as a multipurpose community and civic center in Capitol Hill.
Rebecca Sheir
The Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital (pictured from Pennsylvania Ave. SE) is opening as a multipurpose community and civic center in Capitol Hill.

For decades, Capitol Hill residents have watched the stately Old Naval Hospital at 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE crumble and deteriorate. Now the building is getting a new lease on life as the Hill Center. The brand new community hub will feature everything from cooking and yoga classes to film screenings and rental space for special events; the third floor will double as rentable office space for area non-profits. Rebecca Sheir tours the Hill Center to learn the building's history, and hear how a hospital commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln has transformed in to a gathering place for residents of Capitol Hill, and the entire District.

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