A Philanthropic Opportunity
A Philanthropic Opportunity for all who care
about the wellbeing of our veteran community
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“Senator John P. Jones and Arcadia B. de Baker donated 300 acres of land establishing the Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.
Witnesseth, that whereas by an act of Congress approved March 2nd 1887, to provide for the location and erection of a branch home for disabled volunteer soldiers West of the Rocky Mountains, the Board of Managers for the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, were authorized, empowered, and directed to locate, establish, construct and permanently maintain a branch of said National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.
Why We Need Your Help
Carolina Barrie’s connection to the Pacific Branch is lifelong, genetic and heartfelt. She’s the great-great niece of Arcadia Bandini de Baker, and she remembers when the Pacific Branch was a thriving place.
Thousands of veterans lived there. They attended free classes. They borrowed books from the library. They played in the band or orchestra. They worshiped in the chapel. They helped tend to the more than 150 acres under cultivation. They received medical and mental health care.
Though today’s veterans can still get health care on the property, the Pacific Branch of the National Home is gone, and it’s time to bring it back.
To this end, Carolina Barrie, her family, her friends and committed Veteran advocates have created the 1887 Fund to celebrate and honor Veterans for their service to our country.
VA Secretary Robert McDonald has entrusted the 1887 Fund with the challenge of restoring five historic structures on the West LA VA campus.
Our first focus, Wadsworth Chapel, was the symbolic soul and a beacon of hope for the Home since it was built in 1900. It is the oldest building on Wilshire Boulevard and an excellent example of Victorian-style architecture which, with your help, can once again beam bright as a proud landmark for the entire region.