In March 2007, Lerner Enterprises announced that 20 M Street was "substanially" complete
; the finishing touches were still being put on outside, but at least the sidewalks are open. Within days, the construction equipment was gone, and signs appeared advertising that Wachovia and FedEx/Kinko were Coming Soon (though those signs disappeared in early 2008). (3/31/07)
June 2, 2014
- The summer of 2014 should see the opening of "The Big Stick," a beer-and-brats bar from the owner of Justin's Cafe. And they're not kidding when they say they are one block north of the ballpark.
June 2, 2014
- Also now coming to the building is a Subway Cafe.
A wider view of the building's M Street retail spaces, before Subway Cafe's signage arrived. (10/13)
The US Capitol dome is plainly visible when looking at the Half and M intersection from the south (it's bigger in real life than in this photo); the 20 M lot is to the left. Tenants in the upper north-facing floors of 20 M should have a great view of the city's monument core. (05/03)
Looking at the north side of M Street, from east of South Capitol Street, in January, 2003. 20 M's lot is at the far left. 80 M, 1100 New Jersey (under construction in this photo), and 300 M are the other office buildings in this photo. (01/03)
An expanded view of the same spot, a little over four years later. (3/31/07)
Looking south down Half Street, from L Street, toward the northeast corner of the 20 M lot, before construction began. (06/05)
The same view, just under two years later, with 20 M completed (and with the Nationals ballpark
now visible down at the end of Half Street). (5/6/07)
Signs posted in windows on M Street announce the arrival of Wachovia Bank (far left) and FedEx/Kinko's (far right). The Wachovia then became a Wells Fargo, and FedEx/Kinko's never arrived. (3/22/07)
The main entrance to 20 M Street sports a rather festive scrolling information sign. (3/19/07)
The northwest corner of Half and M Streets; a Navy Yard Metro Station entrance is diagonally across the intersection, on the southeast corner. This view is similar to the rendering at the top of the page. (07/05)
May 6, 2008
- The same spot.
20 M's lot, at right, before the beginning of construction. For now, a Metrobus depot is across M, but it will most likely be given over to development as part of the Ballpark District
October 27, 2013
- The same spot.
In case you had any doubt about how close 20 M is to the Navy Yard Metro station. (02/07)
20 M has changed the South Capitol and M intersection landscape, even though it's a half-block away; St. Vincent de Paul's church now has a friend looming over its shoulder. (01/07)
20 M Street is also now quite visible from a good ways away, including across the Anacostia River at Poplar Point, where it seems to loom over the under-construction home
of the Lerners' new baseball team. (20 M is one block north of the stadium's Half Street entrance.) (5/19/07)