The old Washington Star/Post Plant at 225 Virginia Ave. is
located just south of the Southeast Freeway, between
2nd and 3rd.
225 Virginia Avenue/200 I Street

First a printing plant for the Washington Star and then Washington Post, the 1959-era building was sold in 1999, with original hopes that it could be converted to a "tech hotel." In 2006, the city entered into a sublease, with plans to house the MPD 1st District Station and other MPD functions there; but after costs to do so were estimated at $100 million, the plans were scuttled. Unable to find a developer to assume the sublease, the city paid $85 million in 2009 to purchase the building outright, partnered with StonebridgeCarras to make it home to the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012.

Links:
Renovation Kick-Off Ceremony, 2/15/11
Fenty Gets OK to Buy Warehouse (Examiner, 9/09) | Press Release on Financing (7/10)
District Seeks Offers to 225 Virginia Avenue, SE | OPM Page on 225 Virginia
OPM Announces Cancellation of MPD Move (8/8/07) | ANC 6D Opposes 1D Move (6/11/07)
Police HQ And 1,100 Workers Going to SE (WP, 4/26/07) | Fenty Press Release (12/12/06)
JD's 225 Virginia Avenue News Items


            Overview/JD's Photos            225 Virginia News Items            

For additional Before-and-After photos,
see my 225 Virginia/200 I Expanded Photo Archive.
After years as a newspaper printing plant (followed by a few more years as an empty shell), 225 Virginia Avenue has been remade into 200 I Street, with a much more typical office-building feel. This rendering shows the final "reskinned" building, as seen from the southwest corner of the building at Second and I, where the new building's lobby is now located. Construction started in January 2011, and DC government workers began moving in during 2012. (From the DC Department of Real Estate Services.)


The southwest corner of 225 Virginia, in its previous incarnation; the two garage doors left of center are where trains used to enter the building directly to deliver newsprint and other goods. The south side of the building at right faces Canal Park. (02/07)


The same angle, completed. (5/02/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



The lobby area, in its pre-reconstruction state. (2/15/11)


Peeking at the lobby after the completion of the renovation. This is where the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities displays some of its holdings. (11/16/12)


The main entrance of 200 I, now on the southwestern corner of the building across from Canal Park. (11/16/12)


What used to be the front of the building when it was 225 Virginia, seen here from the corner of 3rd and Virginia. The loading dock will now be located here. (1/23/07)


The same angle, completed. (5/26/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



The southeast corner of 225 Virginia, at 3rd and I streets, where a new parking deck containing about 100 spaces will be built (with an additional 80 spaces available underneath the building). This corner faces the Capper/Carrollsburg area. (01/07)


All dressed again, now with windows, and the new parking deck, already obscured by landscaping. (5/26/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.


The southern side of the building, as seen from the Canal Park footprint, in early 2011. This will be the main side of the building after the renovation. (1/23/11)
The same southern side of the building, but from a different angle, thanks to Canal Park construction stealing my original spot! (12/3/11)
And a surprise new view of the building's western side, now visible from New Jersey Avenue thanks to some brush clearing. (1/8/12)



Looking through what was for a long time the overgrown footprint of Canal Park at K Street, showing how 225 Virginia towers over what will be the northern end of the new park. (02/07)


The same angle, with 200 I completed and the park opened. (2/27/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



A postcard from the late 1950s showing the "new" Evening Star building. Courtesy Streets of Washington.



A bit of neighborhood and family history: This photo of my brother was taken in Garfield Park (at 1st and F) in 1964, and you can clearly see not only the top of what was then the Star Plant, but the construction of the Southeast Freeway. If we could turn back time.... (1964)


On February 15, 2011, a ceremony and "stonebreaking" was held to kick off the renovation of 225 Virginia. See my photo gallery for more pictures. (2/15/11)



            Overview/JD's Photos            225 Virginia News Items            




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