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 Sliding from Before to After

When the news hit in recent days that Forest City is entertaining offers from developers interested in renovating the massive Building 202 at 5th and M, a long-dormant ember deep in my brain was re-sparked: would someone ever take pity on the JDLand camera and allow some interior "before" photos of the 1941 building also known as the Broadside Mount Shop and the Gun Assembly Building?
It turns out that sometimes the best way to do something you've wanted to do for 12 years is to actually ask.
Last week I was given a tour of the 215,000-square-foot building, often by flashlight since there is no power currently on inside, and here is a gallery of photos for your perusal. There were some areas I was not allowed to depict here: I guess when I finally write a book about all of this in 2030 or so I will get to unveil that particular mystery.
However, you are still able to see a pretty astonishing space, even given its current run-down state, and it's easy to see why developers would be eyeing it as a potential high-risk high-reward rehabilitation of a historic building. The inner atrium runs the complete length of the building and up to the roof, while the sides of the building (where the four narrow strips of windows are in the above photo) offer the sort of industrial/exposed-brick goodness that plenty of architects spend a lot of time trying to emulate.
As mentioned above, Forest City does not have plans for the building anytime soon, and decided to market it to see whether another company might potentially have a vision for it that meshes well with the general direction of the Yards--and one that of course would be willing to pay more than a few pennies to buy the building.
Here are some of the photos, but look at the gallery to see the complete set.
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dude says: (11/1/15 8:27 PM)
Cool! Love those high walkways.


GG says: (11/1/15 8:32 PM)
Were you not allowed to show areas because of redevelopment drafts or storage there, or are there still actually like classified things in there?


JD says: (11/1/15 8:39 PM)
Not classified.


crispy says: (11/2/15 12:37 PM)
This building would have made a great haunted house.


smitty2k1 says: (11/2/15 7:05 PM)
About two weeks ago a construction crew installed a wood floor in this building. They also set up a bunch of tents and portable bathrooms outside. Someone said it was for a very swanky wedding.


JD says: (11/2/15 7:07 PM)
No, you are thinking of the building just behind USDOT at 3rd and Tingey. This is the much, much, MUCH larger building between VIDA Fitness and the gates of the Navy Yard.


conngs0 says: (11/3/15 10:33 AM)
Speaking of that building (behind 3rd and Tingey), I'm pretty surprised that it hasn't been developed to be used beyond the rare special event. Seems like a great opportunity to me.


JD says: (11/3/15 10:45 AM)
It's controlled by JBG as part of the USDOT footprint and PUD.


JES says: (11/3/15 1:01 PM)
Didn't I read somewhere (maybe here) that JBG was finally at least marketing that building?


conngs0 says: (11/3/15 2:04 PM)
I sure hope so. The occasional wedding or (bad/obscure) art exhibit is pretty significant underutilization of that building!

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