More Details and a Rendering for the Historic Property at 415 M St, NW

Rendering courtesy of BlackRock Holdings’

Earlier this week we learned the historic building built in the 1860s was bought by a developer for $2 million. Thanks to BlackRock Holdings’ for sending a rendering and some more info on their plans:

“It’s going to be six condo units. 5 units will be 2 bedroom with den/study and 2.5 bath. The 6th unit, our smallest one but still a monster at almost 1500 sq. ft, will be 2 bed 2 bath. Each unit will have it’s own private storage room in the basement as well as access and reserved spaces in the basement bicycle room. This is our first project in DC and we are very excited to get started. We are hoping to break ground by the end of the summer.”

And say good bye to the orange paint:


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  • That place just has to be haunted.

  • Wow, that’s a lot of square footage. These are going to be awesome.

  • I live in the building next door. Anyone know the best way to touch base with developers in this situation to try and get a construction schedule, details on disruptions, etc? There’s currently a green space at the end of the property that they are building the new addition into–extending the existing structure to connect with the one I live in. Just wondering if anyone’s been in a similar situation previously….

    • Google BlackRock Holdings and go from there?

    • Go to DCRA’s PIVS website, punch in the address, and look at the permits. Hopefully there will be a real contact person and not just a pass-through LLC.

    • Hi Neighbor! I work for BlackRock Holdings, this project’s developer, and would be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have regarding our plans or the construction process in general. Feel free to send me an email at pmoran(at) Thanks!

  • The addition to the right of the original structure looks SO BORING. Would be nice if they could at least match some of the flourishes of the original building.

  • much better than I thought but why not just copy the great architecture from the existing building?

    • That takes actual skill, which costs a ton more money since we have no trade schools anymore and therefore have no one with skill.

      • It’s actually getting easier to copy it, not harder. I mean, it’s a basically a three story box with some decorative flourishes (arches over the windows, etc). You’re now able to scan and replicate those details via 3D-printer and have them recreated out of high-quality architectural foam.

  • I lived in the building across the street from the orange monstrosity for a little over a year. Man, but that was a creepy place. I’m glad to see it’s finally being turned into something.

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