- Dorothea Dix lobbied Congress to create a hospital for the mentally ill. The result was Saint Elizabeths Hospital. Dix had a voice in the design of the hospital. Compare the design of Saint Elizabeth’s to what Dix observed in her memorial to the Massachusetts legislature. What do you see that shows her observations informed this design?
- What is your assessment of Dix's efforts to help the mentally ill? Did her strategy of visiting places and lobbying legislatures (both state and federal) work?
Walter, Thomas Ustick, "Government Hospital for the Insane (Saint Elizabeths Hospital), Washington, D.C. Boiler house. Heating boiler, ventilating fan, bathroom, and water closet. Plans, elevations, and sections," ca. 1853. Courtesy of Library of Congress