|In 1972, the Seminary buildings were declared to be a Historic Site,
which offers some
(temporary?) protection against direct destruction by WRAMC, but not necessarily enough protection against "demolition by
neglect." The current
status of the Seminary
site is not good. WRAMC
says that it does not have room in its budget to maintain the buildings properly, so as a result, repairs are not made.
Damage to the roofs is probably the most pressing problem to address, since water damage has a cumulative effect. Windows have been broken in some buildings (like the Castle) and not replaced. Some windows are now boarded, and others (like the stained glass of the Chapel) have recently been protected by plexiglas (too late to protect against some earlier vandalism). Gutters are hanging useless on many buildings. An increasing amount of the floor space that was used by WRAMC has now been condemned because of rotting ceilings and floors.
|Unfortunately, the site is also vulnerable to attack by vandals. The destruction of the Odeon theatre is proof of that (the picture above shows where the Odeon used to be). But there are also several pedestals that used to be graced by statues which also bear witness to the potential for loss to thieves.|
|The 1972 Feasibility Study addressed some of the potential and problems related to restoring and preserving parts of the Seminary buildings. It recommended that certain buildings which added very little architecturally to the site be destroyed to make the maintenance burden lighter for the benefit of those with real value. Unfortunately, Odeon was one of the buildings they recommended ought to be preserved.|
|Senator Sarbanes (D-Md.) sponsored an amendment to the 1996 Defense Appropriations bill which
requires the Army to
produce a plan for stopping
the deterioration of the historic buildings. That plan has not been made public as of September 1997. You can send Senator Sarbanes a message to show that you support his
efforts by clicking here.
Save Our Seminary at Forest Glen is a group of volunteers who want to see this valuable part of our heritage retained in some way. They conduct tours of the grounds to show what the Seminary was all about. Unfortunately, the current state of disrepair is also obvious during these tours. Please contact them for more information about the tours and what you can do to assist their advocacy of the historic site.
This page was last maintained on 05/21/98.