A Guide to M Street
(Some projects already have their own page on this site, click the red headers to see those pages.)
Two views of M Street, looking east from South Capitol Street. (Left
) January 2003; 80 M (left front) and 300 M (left rear) are completed, and 1100 New Jersey is under construction. (Right
) November 2019, shows a much different landscape: along the left, 20 M
and 100 M
are done, with 1100 New Jersey long since completed. On the right, the bus garage is replaced with the Fairgrounds
, 55 M
opened in 2009, and the US Department of Transportation HQ
in 2007, in the distance.
This is the fabulously scenic view northward up South Capitol Street at its intersection with M. Now you see why The Powers That Be want to rebuild South Capitol
? (The chainlink fences currently used on the M Street overpass were replaced in 2008 with new wrought-iron versions.) (10/05)
Driving East: St. Vincent de Paul's Catholic Church, on the northeast corner of M and South Capitol, welcomes you to Near Southeast. (06/05)
St. Paul's hasn't changed, but it does now have 20 M Street
lurking over its shoulder, and changing dramatically the western entrance to M Street. (01/07)
Driving East: Looking along the north side of M Street from Van Street in January 2003. 80 M is the completed building in the foreground, followed by the under-construction 1100 New Jersey Avenue and the completed 300 M Street. (01/03)
October 16, 2016
- The same location, 13 years later. 20 M
is completed in the foreground, and 100 M
is done as well.
Driving East: The northeast corner of Half and M, where a Sunoco station lived until 2006. (07/06)
In 2014, it was announced a Homewood Suites would be built at the 50 M
The southeast side of M Street, from Half Street toward Cushing and First, in July 2006. The Navy Yard Metro station's west entrance is at far right. The white building in the distance was then home to the National Geospatial-Intelligency Agency; behind it is the US Department of Transportation HQ
January 6, 2019
- The same location, with Monument Realty's 55 M
now dominating and the NGA building going bye-bye. The Metro station entrance is now in the ground floor of the building.
Driving East: Looking east on M Street SE, near Cushing Street, in September 2000. Under construction are 80 M Street (left foreground) and 300 M Street. (09/00)
January 6, 2019
- The same location, 19 years later. 80 and 300 M Street along the north side of the street are completed, 55 M
now casts a shadow in the foreground, 1100 New Jersey has sprouted between them, 100 M
is done, and the Department of Transportation HQ
is the red mass on the south side of the street. And the white NGA building is disappearing.
Cropping the Sept. 2000 picture from above, I can give you my only photo of 300 M Street under construction. (09/00)
Cropping a Sept. 2006 photo to show 300 M completed but now obscured by 1100 New Jersey, and with the US DOT at right. (09/06)
Driving East: The northern side of M Street at First Street, with the On Luck Cafeteria at center, in February 2006. (02/06)
November 4, 2019
- The same location, with 100 M
now in place.
Driving East: Further east on M, at its intersection with New Jersey Avenue, in April, 2004. (04/04)
The same location, three years later, with DOT
now dominating the streetscape. The block on the left with the trees became the southern end of Canal Park
in 2012. (04/07)
The northeast corner of 2nd and M, back in August 2003, which is slated to become... (08/03)
250 M Street
("Federal Gateway Two"), an office building to be developed by the William C. Smith company. Construction is not scheduled to begin until the building has pre-leased some space.
Further east on M, at its intersection with 3rd Street, in July 2004. 300 M Street is at left, followed by the Carroll Apartments (seniors housing
). At the right is the DOT HQ
land, followed by a Southeast Federal Center
The same location, not quite three years later, with the DOT HQ now finished, and with the Capper Building #2
wrapping around the Carroll Apartments now visible at far left. (05/07)
The eastern section of M Street, from just west of 5th Street; now-closed (but reopening for the 2015 school year) Van Ness Elementary is at near left, with the old Capper Seniors
building to its rear. The Navy Yard
runs along the south side of M Street from this location all the way to 11th Street. If you look closely in the distance you can see the "Blue Castle" building at left and the white Latrobe Gate of the Navy Yard at right. (10/06)
January 12, 2020
- The same location, with the old Capper Seniors demolished.
July 17, 2016
- The same location, with the old Capper Seniors building demolished. Eventually a 500,000-sq-ft office building may be developed on this site.
Driving East: On the northeast corner of 9th and M, a nondescript building that was once home to a Hudson auto dealership and more recently a dialysis unit was converted into a retail space, now housing a Domino's and Wagtime. (10/05)
M Street east of 8th Street is dominated by the 11th Street Bridges, though this view changed substantially once the 11th Street Bridges project
got underway. (10/03)
Turning around at 11th Street, the red brick wall of the Navy Yard
begins its five-block run along the south side of M. (10/03)
Driving West: On the north side of M at 11th, this Exxon used to be one of five gas stations in Near Southeast. When it closed in June 2008, it was the only one left. (11/06)
The Navy Yard's Latrobe Gate
, at 8th and M; the original gate was built in 1805-06, with the three-story late-Victorian building constructed over and around it completed in 1881. (10/05)
The "Blue Castle" building at 8th and M, originally a car barn and now a multi-use building that serves as a gateway to the 8th Street Historic District
. It has changed hands multiple times, as developers don't quite seem able to decide what to do with it. (10/05)
Driving West: M Street just east of its intersection with Hull Street, in December 2004. The Navy Yard is to the left, and the cranes mark the DOT HQ construction. (12/04)
The same location, two years later, with not only the DOT HQ now clearly part of the landscape, but 20 M, way at the end of M Street, is visible as well. (12/06)
Looking west on M Street just east of its intersection with 5th Street, back in March, 2004. The red brick fence of the Southeast Federal Center
is to the left; the DOT HQ
is now under construction there. (03/04)
July 17, 2016
- The same location, with the DOT HQ completed in 2007 and now the Twelve12
apartment building--with a Harris Teeter--at left.
The northwest corner of 3rd and M, in September 2000. This is another view of the 250 M Street
lot. The building under construction is 80 M Street. (09/00)
The same intersection, nearly six years later. The 140 M Street/1100 New Jersey office building was completed in 2003; the gas station was torn down in September, 2003; Capitol Hill Tower
is at back; and Capper
buildings behind the parking lot have been demolished. (06/06)
Driving West: Going one block west, to the northwest corner of M Street and the eastern half of 2nd Street. (09/00)
March 24, 2019
- The same location, in 2019. The overgrown fenced-in school bus lot turned into Canal Park
, and the line of office buildings now stretches to South Capitol Street.
Driving West: Going one block west, to the northwest corner of M Street and the western half of 2nd Street. The building under construction is 80 M Street. (09/00)
March 24, 2019
- The same location, in 2019; 1100 New Jersey is the building at front. CVS opened in the ground-floor retail space that fronts M Street in mid-2005. 100 M
is one block to the west, then 80 M, then 20 M
. 55 M
even peeks out at left.
Driving West: Looking west on M Street at New Jersey Avenue, in May 2006. The white building at left is home to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, which vacated in 2011. (05/06)
March 17, 2019
- The same location, with buildings sprouting (and disappearing) everywhere.
Driving West: The northern side of M Street, coming to 1st Street, in early 2006. (02/06)
March 21, 2009
- The same location, with the 100 M Street
office building completed. (And with 20 M
down the street.)
Driving West: The southwest corner of First and M streets, where Normandie Liquors held down the fort until February 2008. (09/06)
March 17, 2019
- The same location, with Normandie gone, a Nationals ballpark parking lot built, and 55 M
now towering. Plans exist for an office building
on this corner.
Driving West: The south side of M Street, from just east of the intersection with Cushing "Street" (basically an alley), in May 2006. (05/06)
May 19, 2019
- The same spot, dominated by 55 M Street
,a 275,000-sq-ft office building on top of the Navy Yard Metro east entrance.
Looking west on M Street at Half Street, with the 20 M Street SE
lot (8 months before the start of construction) and St. Vincent de Paul's church to the right. And, one block further west, at South Capitol Street, my obsession with M Street peters out, and someone with a similar obsession about Southwest (and a cleaner windshield!) will have to pick up the slack! (11/04)
November 3, 2019
- The same location, with 20 M
having been completed in 2007, and the WMATA Southeastern Bus Garage
at left was demolished in 2009. The stoplights were installed in early 2008.