THERE are three regular theaters in WashingtonAlbaugh’s Grand Opera House, the New National Theater, and Harris’ Bijou Opera House. In addition, there are theaters in which variety performances are given, and summer gardens where musical entertainments are the rule. The prominent halls for concerts and lectures are the Armory of the Washington Light Infantry Corps, National Rifles’ Hall, Lincoln Hall, Masonic Temple, and the Grand Army Hall.
The principal hotels are the Ebbitt House, Riggs’ House, Willard’s Hotel, Arlington Hotel, Wormley’s Hotel, Metropolitan Hotel, and National Hotel. There are numerous smaller hotels for the general public, as well as a number of what are called family hotels, many of which are very elegant in their appointments.
Four daily newspapers are published The National Republican and The Daily Post in the morning, and The Star and The Critic in the evening. The Post and the Star occupy fine buildings of their own. There are six Sunday newspapers, and several other weekly publications.
The benevolent institutions of the city are numerous. Among the prominent ones is the National Soldiers and Sailors Orphan Home, on G Street, between Seventeenth and Eighteenth streets northwest. It was established in 1866, and is liberally supported by the government. Orphans of soldiers and sailors in the Rebellion are cared for and educated until they are sixteen years old. The institution is in charge of a board of lady managers, and is open to the public daily.
The Washington Asylum is located at the terminus of C Street southeast, on the banks of the Anacostia River. The present building was erected in 1859. It is an asylum for the paupers of the District, and is also used as a work-house for persons convicted of minor offenses.
The Freedmen’s Hospital occupies the square between Fifth, Seventh, Boundary, and Pomeroy streets. It has accommodations for two hundred patients. It is supported by government appropriations, and, although designed for freedmen, all classes of patients are received.
Other prominent benevolent institutions are, the Garfield Memorial Hospital, at the head of Tenth Street; the Providence General Hospital, corner of Second and D streets southeast; the City Orphan Asylum, corner of Fourteenth and S streets northwest; St. John’s Hospital, on H Street, between Nineteenth and Twentieth streets northwest; the Columbia Hospital for Women, corner of L and Twenty-fifth streets northwest; and the Home for the Aged, corner of Third and H streets north-east.