peek >>
Lofts at Capitol Quarter
601 L St., SE

195-unit mixed-income building; construction underway in spring 2014, delivery 2016
Site of the old Capper Seniors complex at 601 L St., SE, demolished in November 2007

In the Pipeline
Ballpark Square
Homewood Suites Hotel
82 I Street
1244 South Capitol
Yards/Parcel A
Virginia Ave. Tunnel
New Douglass Bridge
Southeast Blvd.
Yards/Condo Project
Yards/Icon Theater
1333 M St.
909 Half St.
Akridge/Half St.
Ex-Monument/Half St.
Capper Apts.
250 M St.
New Marine Barracks
Nat'l Community Church
Factory 202/Yards
Congressional Square
1000 South Capitol
SC1100
Completed
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Capitol ('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)
Posts on Food/Fun
Retail News
Restaurants/Nightlife
 

For more before-and-after photos of the construction from various angles, see the
Lofts at Capitol Quarter Expanded Photo Archive.


 
In late 2013, the Housing Authority secured funding to build on the south side of L Street between 5th and 7th a 195-unit apartment building (having decided in 2008 to switch from the original idea of building townhouses along this site). Construction began in spring 2014.
Nov. 1, 2007 - The view of 7th and L similar to the above rendering, just as demolition began on the old Capper Seniors building.
  December 13, 2014 - The same location. Click to see all available photos of this location.
  Nov. 15, 2014 - Vertical construction began in late summer on the site. Because the project's footprint sits on a hill along its length, the east end (far from the camera) is two levels underground, while the west end is at ground level.
  Nov. 15, 2014 - The opposite view of the south side of the building's construction, as seen from 7th Street.
March 2007 - Another view, from M Street at its intersection with Hull.
  December 13, 2014 - The same location. Click to see all available photos of this location.
December 2006 - This is what the south side of L Street between 5th and 7th looked like for nearly 50 years. Built in 1958, its decline into a haven for crime, vandalism and drug use brought about its closing in 1973. After seven years of delays, it was reopened in 1981 as a 292-unit building for low-income senior citizens, though crime was never eradicated. The last residents moved out in early 2007.
June 2, 2008 - The same location, a temporary surface parking lot after demolition was completed in late 2007.
March 5, 2014 - It took years of finagling, but at last a deal was struck to finance the new project, and the Housing Authority held a ceremonial groundbreaking.
A rendering of 600 M Street (roughly the same angle as the above photo), the 500,000-sq-ft office development eventually planned for the southern/M Street portion of the site. No timeline for delivery has yet been announced.
A far-off view of the old building, from the roof of the Courtyard by Marriott, in March 2006. (2/6/06)
The same location, three months after demolition, and with the temporary surface parking lot almost finished. (3/20/08)
March 2007 - One more view of the entire building, as seen from M Street.
June 2, 2008 - The same location. Click to see all available photos of this location.
November 1, 2007 - The eastern face of the building, on Seventh Street between L and M.
June 2, 2008 - The same location, demolished. Click to see all available photos of this location.
November 15, 2007 - Two views of the mid-November demolition work that tore the old building in two. First as seen from L Street....
November 15, 2007 - ...And from M.
November 1, 2007 - Looking east along L Street, between 5th and Seventh, days before the start of demolition.
June 2, 2008 - The same location, with demolition underway. Click to see all available photos of this location.
November 8, 2007 - The southwest corner of the building, facing M Street.
November 15, 2007 - The same spot, one week later.
November 8, 2007 - Much of the initial demolition of the brick exterior was handled by Bobcats being driven into the walls from inside the building, rather than by swinging a wrecking ball. At left is a wall just being punched out, while at right you can see one of the other Bobcats at work. Don't hit the gas instead of the brake, guys!
November 1, 2007 - From its position above M Street, the roof at old Capper Seniors provided some panoramic views of Near Southeast, and of all the construction underway. This shot was taken a few days before demolition started. The Yards is at left, south of M Street, followed by the US Department of Transporation (which is hiding Nationals Park), the Carroll Apartments and Capper Building #2, Van Ness Elementary (center), 1100 New Jersey, Capitol Hill Tower, and the skeleton of 70 I Street at very far right. For more, see my 601 L Street overhead photos.
November 1, 2007 - The top floor of the old seniors building, with interior demolition complete, just a few days before the building itself will start coming down.
November 1, 2007 - The old seniors building, now a relic of the "old" Near Southeast, with the neighborhood's future as a commercial and residential destination rising a few blocks away.
November 1, 2007 - The elevator off the ground-floor lobby.
November 1, 2007 - The old sign.
The sign welcoming visitors to the Arthur Capper Senior Citizens Facility at 601 L Street, SE, is still intact, but the building's demolition is just a few weeks away, and interior hazmat cleanup is almost completed. (10/19/07)
March 2007 - A somewhat far-away view (thanks to a wide-angle lens) shows the old building's prominent position atop the eastern end of M Street, with newer buildings lining up to the west.
Latest News



Blog/Home
Project Directory
Photo Archive
Event Photos
 
Nats Park
Food Map
What's New
History

 
Demolished Buildings
Historic Photos
Satellite Images
Timeline
 
About JDLand
Message JD
Advertise
Photo Use
 
     © Copyright 2014 JD.