Since January, 2003
            
 (a random before-and-after moment)
August 21, 2003
April 8, 2012
5th at L, Looking West-Northwest (see more)

(Sunday Rearview Mirror is my new probably-not-weekly series where I'll look back at random pieces of Near Southeast history, giving readers who perhaps didn't know the area existed before the arrival of the Nationals some context and understanding of what this once "forgotten" neighborhood used to be like.)
Though I've documented more than 150 buildings that have been demolished in Near Southeast since I first started photographing the area (initially in fall 2000 and then for real beginning in January 2003) I had taken enough brief drives through the neighborhood in the late 1990s to know that there were a few other long-standing sites that I didn't manage to capture before they were gone. This has bugged me for years, not only because I hate having missed them for my own archive but because I felt like they were an important part of what made up the old Near Southeast.
So it was with a fair amount of wonderment that I spent time over the past week pouring through images from the National Park Service's HABS, HAER and HALS archive of photos, available online thanks to the Library of Congress. The collection contains photos taken above New Jersey, Virginia, and Potomac avenues from helicopter height in 1992, and while I had seen some of these before, I had never downloaded the massive .TIFF images that allowed zooming in to such a degree that buildings and streetscapes became clearly visible.
Buildings I had longed to see documented in public domain photographs*, most of which were demolished in 1999 and 2000, now reappeared, albeit from overhead, in black-and-white and what and sometimes only in grainy depictions. But there they were: Tracks, the nightclub at First and M. The four Capper apartment buildings on Seventh Street and Virginia Avenue. The massive Building 159 at the Southeast Federal Center (seen above). The Washington Star warehouse just south of the freeway that I had driven past hundreds of times but never photographed.
But I found a lot of other "lost" buildings as well, ones that I didn't remember and that probably weren't much to look at at the time, but that help to give a clearer view of what the neighborhood truly looked like just before its first "growth spurt" in 1999-2001 with the arrival of NAVSEA at the Navy Yard. The big finds were the seven or so old rowhouses just north of the (sparkling new) Navy Yard Metro station entrance on New Jersey Avenue, along with another 10 or so along L and Second Streets on what is now the Capitol Hill Tower/Courtyard block. (The Little Red Building did not stand alone since the dawn of time.) The car repair garage and other gritty low-rise buildings that stood where the 1100 New Jersey Avenue office building now is. And so on.
I gathered the images on a new page, with lots of narration of what they show, along with in some cases early photos of mine that captured a few of the buildings before they disappeared. I'm really thrilled that these pictures finally provide the bridge I've wanted for so long between what Near Southeast looked like for many years and what I captured when I first started nosing around.
In future Rearview Mirror posts I'll be talking more about many of these sites, so I didn't go into great detail on the histories of the buildings themselves, but I'm really happy that now there will be images to accompany the stories. I doubt most people will be as excited by these shots as I have been, but I still really recommend taking a few minutes to go through them.
* The "public domain" distinction is important, because I'm sure that photos of many of these buildings exist in other archives, but since they can't be shared online without my ponying up a bunch of $$, they're not of much use to me here.
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Question to CSX says: (6/13/10 11:00 PM)
Yeah, the good old days -- naval gun factories and then public housing...


Jay says: (6/14/10 7:00 AM)
I enjoyed this posting JD. Nice work. You've continued to step up the offerings at your blog, thanks.




the other lesser jd says: (6/15/10 2:28 AM)
Jacqueline, it might be worth adding a paypal link to your sight; I would consider donating if it meant more history about our neighborhood. I bet I'm not the only one. Great addition to the blog, by the way!


the other lesser jd says: (6/15/10 2:29 AM)
*site*, sorry it's late!


RG says: (6/15/10 3:27 PM)
Why would anyone want to save Building 159? It was a dump. I spent four years there in the 1980's. I might have a few photos -- if I find any, I'll scan them for you.


C says: (6/16/10 8:31 AM)
five guys is open today - new outdoor seating and umbrellas at all tables - they are classing it up a little - nice!

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Recent Crime Incidents Archive  
300 B/O K ST SE   BURGLARY
Burglary Two
 01/13/18
1000 B/O 4TH ST SE   THEFT FROM AUTO
Theft (theft From Motor Vehicle)
 01/11/18
500 B/O M ST SE   THEFT FROM AUTO
Theft 2nd Degree (theft From Motor Vehicle)
 01/09/18
900 B/O 4TH ST SE   THEFT
Theft 2nd Degree (all Other Larceny)
 01/07/18
100 B/O I ST SE   MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
Theft First Degree (Stolen Auto)
 01/04/18
400 B/O M ST SE   THEFT
Theft 2nd Degree (all Other Larceny)
 01/04/18
400 B/O M ST SE   THEFT
Shoplifting
 01/02/18
UNIT B/O K ST SE   THEFT
Theft 2nd Degree (theft From Building)
 12/31/17

Recent Issued Building Permits Archive  
1331 4TH ST SE CU   
12/27/17 
FC 1331 LLC / GARY BRENT; N/A
SG1800119 / CONSTRUCTION
Install 1 illuminated blade sign and 7 non-illuminated window vinyl signs - CHLOE BY HAIDAR KAROUM
   
12/28/17 
FC 1331 LLC / BEN BEDDO
TL1700205 / CONSTRUCTION
New Tenant Layout for restaurant
1300 4TH ST SE   
01/05/18 
FORREST CITY WASHINGTON / GEORGE ARTHUR KING
SB1800091 / CONSTRUCTION
To abandon 18 6 inch diameter 80 foot deep dewatering wells and 4 2 inch diameter 50 feet deep observation wells per the DOEE regulations
1346 4TH ST SE   
01/12/18 
ALAN OWINGS / ROBERT HENRY
AH1800415 / CONSTRUCTION
After Hours Permit for 1 / 15 / 18 from 7AM to 7PM to perform concrete operations, framing, operations, and utility operations.
411 I ST SE   
12/27/17 
ABIGAIL A SMITH / ROBERT D. JOHNSTON
E1802679 / SUPPLEMENTAL
337 L ST SE   
01/11/18 
JENNIFER LANCASTER / BJORN FALK
SOL1800005 / CONSTRUCTION
Installation of a 3.6kW solar PV system. Roof Mounted, 10 panels
300 M ST SE STE# 400   
01/03/18 
FEDERAL CENTER LP / SAM HOLLEN
B1803531 / CONSTRUCTION
INTERIOR RENOVATION TO 4TH FLOOR OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM. PARTITIONS, CEILING, MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL AND LIFE SAFETY. NO PLUMBING OR STRUCTURAL. 680 SQUARE FEET. CACI SUITE 400
25 POTOMAC AVE SE DOCK 79   
01/11/18 
RIVERFRONT HOLDINGS I LLC / null
P1802701 / SUPPLEMENTAL
227 TINGEY ST SE   
12/29/17 
JW CAPITAL PARTNERS / MELISSA DIAZ
FD1700126 / CONSTRUCTION
Parcel L1- Foundation to Grade permit for the new construction on an 11 story full service hotel building with restaurant and retail.
AH = After Hours; B = Alteration & Repair; D = Demolition; E = Electrical; FB = Boiler; M = Mechanical; P = Plumbing and Gas; PC = Post Card; R = Raze; SG = Sign; TL = Tenant Layout; TN = Tent; RW = Retaining Wall;

Real Property Sales Archive  
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Project Directory
Completed
District Winery ('17)
Insignia on M ('17)
F1rst/Residence Inn ('17)
One Hill South ('17)
Homewood Suites ('16)
ORE 82 ('16)
The Bixby ('16)
Dock 79 ('16)
Community Center ('16)
The Brig ('16)
Park Chelsea ('16)
Yards/Arris ('16)
Hampton Inn ('15)
Southeast Blvd. ('15)
11th St. Bridges ('15)
Parc Riverside ('14)
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Cap. ('13)
Canal Park ('12)
Capitol Quarter ('12)
225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
Foundry Lofts ('12)
1015 Half Street ('10)
Yards Park ('10)
Velocity Condos ('09)
Teague Park ('09)
909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
100 M ('08)
Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
Nationals Park ('08)
Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
Douglass Bridge Fix ('07)
US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
Courtyard/Marriott ('06)
Marine Barracks ('04)


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