50 and Fabulous
Vinson Hall opened its doors on June 23, 1969. To commemorate this momentous event we are having a grand celebration. Join us on Saturday, June 22 from noon to 3:00 p.m. for a complimentary lunch and entertainment. The celebration will be held on the VHRC campus near the Willow Oak (in front of the Independent Living Building.) Questions? Please call 703-528-2970.
Please park in the parking deck (the gray area marked with a P). The event will occur near the Willow Oak which is located in front of 1733 Kirby Rd.
From the Vinson Hall Archives
In preparation for our 50th Anniversary, our Archives Committee has been reviewing boxes of photo albums and newsletters. They have unearthed some great Vinson Hall history. Such a photo album from 1969 with photos of the construction of Vinson Hall (left). Newspaper reports from the opening of Vinson Hall say that the 13-acre campus was located in the "Virginia countryside." In March 1970, The Washington Post referred to the residents of the newly opened Vinson Hall as "pioneers, the first of an elite group of widows and retired sea officers and their wives to enjoy the benefits of a home conceived and built to meet their particular needs." An Army Times article from April 1970, explains that Vinson Hall provides "appropriate living quarters for dependents of officers, many of whom have had little chance to put down permanent roots in any civilian community because of the nomadic service life." Despite the noted countryside living, residents of Vinson Hall enjoyed the proximity to Bethesda Naval Hospital and downtown Washington.
The cover of The Army Times for April 15, 1970 (above) featured retired Navy Captain and Mrs. James Morrison "relaxing in their comfortable two-bedroom apartment in Vinson Hall." The inside of the paper featured a spread of photos which included a model efficiency apartment, the infirmary nurse, retired Comdr. Mary Rader, and infirmary physcian, retired Vice Admiral (Dr.) H. Lamont Pugh, who in the photo was checking the hydrotherapy equipment. The bottom photos showed the Penthouse (with bright red carpeting!) and the dining room.
The 5th Anniversary of Vinson Hall (above) was celebrated in 1974. Those familiar with Vinson Hall will recognize the Carl Vinson Hall flag which still hangs in the Penthouse. The picture on the right was taken in the Penthouse as residents at that time enjoyed the celebration.