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Onyx on First Apartment Building
1100 1st St., SE

A 260-unit apartment building developed by Faison/Canyon-Johnson; construction begun Sept. 2006, first move-ins started October 2009.

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If you want to view more before-and-after photos of Onyx on First from additional locations,
see the Expanded Project Archive.

A view of 1st and L before demolition and the start of construction September 2006. (06/06)
March 21, 2009 - The same location, backed up a bit. Originally designed as a condo building, the developers converted to an apartment scheme in late 2007. Click to see all available photos of this location.
The eastern side of First Street, just south of L Street, in February 2006. (02/06)
The same location, not quite three years later, as Onyx prepares to open. (Use the beige Market Deli building at far left to match the photo locations.) (8/3/08)
A car-repair shop on L Street marked the lot's northeast corner. (02/06)
November 15, 2008 - The same location, completed. Click to see all available photos of this location.
Square 743N, seen from overhead, in March 2006; St. Matthew's Baptist Church is at bottom, the parking lot is the 1111 New Jersey site, and the Onyx lot is at the right rear of the block. (03/06)
The same location, two years later, with 100 M (left) and Onyx (right) a few months from completion; 1111 New Jersey could start construction at lower left in 2008. At the very top left of the photo you can see the stadium. (11/17/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.
Looking up First Street from M Street, in May 2003. The parcels that would eventually become the Onyx lot are at the far end of the block. (08/06)
May 26, 2013 - Almost the same location, nearing completion. The Onyx site is the one further to the rear of the photo, beyond 100 M Street. Click to see all available photos of this location.
Another look at the buildings along First Street that preceded Onyx. These were demolished in Sept. 2006. (02/06)
Looking straight south down L Street, back in September 2003. (09/03)
May 10, 2009 - The same location. Click to see all available photos of this location.


Onyx's lobby, showing the elevator bank with its amber lighting. (10/4/08)
The reverse view of the lobby, showing the entrance doors from First Street. (10/4/08)
The club room, still awaiting its furniture but displaying the historic Washington baseball photographs that are hung throughout the first floor. (10/4/08)
The club room opens out onto the private courtyard. (10/4/08)
The private courtyard, with a smidge of 100 M at right. (10/4/08)
The concierge desk. (10/4/08)
Looking toward First Street in the 1 br model. (10/4/08)
Living space in the 1 br model. (10/4/08)
The reverse angle of the 1 br model, showing the unique glass separator between the bedroom and kitchen. (10/4/08)
Bedroom in the 1 br model. (10/4/08)
Skyline views to the northwest from Onyx's roof. (10/4/08)
On Nov. 1, 2006, an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Onyx project was held; Not-Quite-Yet-Mayor Adrian Fenty was one of the dignitaries. (11/06)
Faison's Donald Deutsch, Mayor-to-Be Adrian Fenty, and Quincy Allen of Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds take care of the ceremonial shovel work, as the Nats mascot Screech oversees. (11/06)
Behind the groundbreaking ceremony, digging work on the three levels of underground parking continued (and proving that the "groundbreaking ceremony" was indeed ceremonial). (11/06)
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