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1015 Half St. SE

Former location of the Nation nightclub, now a 411,000-sq-ft office building;
Begun January 2008 by Opus East, halted July 2009, completed by Douglas Wilson Cos. spring 2011
Tenants Coming in 2015: National Labor Relations Board, CBS Radio, Bonchon Chicken

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For more photos of 1015 Half, see the Expanded Archive.


  March 28, 2015 - 1015 Half Street, four years after completion. Construction began in early 2008, but stopped in May 2009, and in July Opus East filed for Chapter 7 liquidation, and work halted on 1015 Half. The next month, the Douglas Wilson Companies was named receiver for the property, and construction finally resumed in April 2010, with construction being completed in spring 2011.
The northwest corner of Half and L in August 2006, as the old Nation nightclub awaited the wrecking ball. An office building was originally proposed for this location by Potomac Investment Properties, but the site and the plans were bought in July 2007 by Opus East for $41.5 million. (08/06)
March 28, 2015 - The same location, long after Nation bid farewell.  Click to see all available photos of this location.
  March 28, 2015 - The signage at Bonchon, a restaurant and bar featuring Korean fried chicken, on the corner of Half and K, a few days before its 2015 opening. If you squint, you can see Nats Park at the very far left, three blocks down Half Street.
Looking at the southwest corner of Half and K, which is the northeast corner of the 1015 Half site. This was the main entrance to Nation. (08/05)
April 26, 2015 - The same location, with construction close to completed. 20 M Street is one block to the south, and you can also see Nationals Park in the distance (it's much more prominent in person). Click to see all available photos of this location.
Oct. 19, 2014 - In October 2014, a ticker was installed along the building's L Street facade, where CBS Radio will have a performance studio (in addition to their main offices on the 2nd floor.)
Oct. 19, 2014 - Sneaking a peek into the CBS Studio space, using a couple of bodies to shield the sun's reflection in the window.
Inside 1015 Half's lobby, looking out onto Half Street toward L Street. (1/12/12)
Another view of the lobby, festooned for the Capitol Riverfront BID's 2012 annual meeting. (1/12/12)
The unoccupied 10th floor. (1/12/12)
Big corner windows on the 10th floor, with views of the 70/100 I and 909 New Jersey apartment buildings. (1/12/12)
May 6, 2007 - The nightclub known as Nation (and previously the Capitol Ballroom) was demolished in May of 2007.
May 6, 2007 - Looking eastward through the partially demolished nightclub.
One portion of the Nation building--the smaller black building at left--was demolished sometime in 2005. (11/04)
October 19, 2014 - The same location, long finished and soon home to CBS Radio. Velocity Condos has popped up one block to the east. Click to see all available photos of this location.
The view northward from 1015 Half's 10th floor. (1/12/12)
November 2005 - Looking down South Capitol Street from the SE Freeway in November 2005.
January 10, 2015 - The same location, with 1015 Half at center, visible for another year or so until 909 Half rises in front of it. The ballpark is visible at right. Click to see all available photos of this location.
The Nation site's proximity to the US Capitol is obvious when you look down on it from the top of 20 M Street. (4/2/07)
.... And looking at the same spot 13 months later, with Nation (and its neighbors to the right) demolished, and excavation underway. (5/6/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.
1015 Half's excavation (center), as seen from the roof of 70 I Street. 20 M is one block behind it, and the ballpark is visible down Half Street. (6/28/08)
The Nation lot was also home to the DC Foreign Car repair shop. (12/06)
The distinctive paint job on the north side of the old warehouse made Nation easy to spot, even from as far away as the Southeast Freeway. (02/06)
Not one of my photos, but a great zoom-in on a 1990s-era overhead photo showing the 1015 Half Street lot as it looked when it was still the J.E. Hurley Machine and Boiler Works site (see also a ground-level view of the building from around the same time). From the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
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