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
May 2, 2013
- The same angle, completed.
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
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 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
May 26, 2013
- All dressed again, now with windows, and the new parking deck, already obscured by landscaping.
The southern side of the building, as seen from the Canal Park footprint, in early 2011. This is now 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)
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)
May 24, 2015
- The same angle, with 200 I completed and the park opened.
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)