A top regional hotel owned by the Green family became a Union military hospital by December 1861. With 500 beds, it was the largest of the 20+ confiscated buildings used as military hospitals in Alexandria. The PBS program "Mercy Street," based on diaries and letters of nurses, doctors and patients, is set here. The Bank of Alexandria built an elegant new building in 1807 on the corner of Cameron and N. Fairfax Streets. After the bank failed in the financial panic of 1834, the building remained vacant until James Green bought it in 1848 as the start of a new hotel complex. In 1855 he built an addition directly in front of 18th century John Carlyle House, which played an important role in the French and Indian War. Now the Carlyle House Historic Park, the house has been restored to its 18th century glory highlighting its elegant decor and early history. Click the DIG DEEPER! button for more information on this fascinating site and its over 200 years of history as a home, historic meeting place, bank, hotel, hospital, apartment building with many names, and eventually city eye-sore and archaeological dig site. Oh, yes, also the inspiration as the site of a PBS Civil War television drama.