- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2006


A retirement home for Presbyterians in Northwest is celebrating its 100-year anniversary tomorrow.

When Ingleside at Rock Creek was founded in 1906, it was a row house on M Street for 14 residents.

Today, the 14-acre property near Rock Creek Park is home to almost 300 seniors.

The centennial will be celebrated 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at 3050 Military Road NW. A program featuring a formal presentation will be followed by entertainment and a buffet in the courtyard.

From M Street, the retirement home moved to an 18-room house in Mount Pleasant, called Ingleside Mansion, in 1917. Two wings were added in 1928 and 1939 to accommodate 41 persons, including residents and staff.

In 1960, the retirement community outgrew Ingleside Mansion, and construction began on “New Ingleside” when President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a member of the National Presbyterian Church, laid the cornerstone for the new building on Military Road.

The new residential building housed 80 persons and boasted an infirmary and a chapel.

In 1978, the McCracken Wing was added to bring the population to 132. New apartments added in 2000 brought the total number of residents to 300.

The home provides retirement housing, assisted living and long-term nurse care. It also donates $500,000 annually in charitable gifts. An on-site health center, added in 1984, helps provide care to Alzheimer’s patients.

Michael Hunsberger

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