Helicopter Factory is a 28,000 SF residential development near Howard University

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From a press release:

“Lead Developer Brick Lane and partner, Brook Rose Development confirmed today the start of construction for the historic Helicopter Factory located on 770-774 Girard Street, NW, Washington, DC. Helicopter Factory is a 28,000 SF residential development comprised of a 7,600 SF built-to-suit warehouse (divisible to 5,100 SF and 2,500 SF) and 13 industrial-style luxury condominiums. Helicopter Factory is currently accepting appointments for the Warehouse Units. To schedule an appointment, contact Michael Hines of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, the exclusive listing agent for the Helicopter Factory.

This early 20th century factory was once owned by the eminent inventor Emile Berliner (1851- 1929) and his son-in-law, Joseph Sanders, who are best known for inventing the phonograph record, an early sound recording device and pioneering an early version of the helicopter at his Gyro Motor Company warehouse on Girard Street. The principal façade is in the Fairmont- Girard alleyway. In between 1907 and 1926, Berliner dedicated himself to improving the technologies of vertical flight through the development of a light-weight rotary engine.

“We believe this is one of the most unique buildings currently under renovation in the city and a one of kind opportunity to design a dream living space within the walls of a historic landmark,” says Jeff Gross, Principal of Brick Lane.

“It’s so rare to have an industrial structure like this in our city, particularly since Washington was built around government offices,” says Brook Rose, “I fell in love with it and knew the design potential was extraordinary.”

The two-pronged project totaling approximately 28,000 SF is comprised of: (1) the Warehouse Units (penthouse(s)), two historic homes of 5,100 SF and 2,500 SF or a single 7,600 SF mansion built in the historic, landmarked Helicopter Factory, and (2) the Lofts, 13 industrial-style, luxury condominiums. Rarely available in Washington, DC, the development team is offering the opportunity for the buyer to purchase this unique 7,600 SF raw warehouse space as a shell or the option to custom design the space. There will be a large rooftop deck(s) with penthouse entertainment space and monument views and the opportunity for the buyer of either the entire warehouse or the larger 5,100 SF unit to park several cars in a beautifully landscaped, European- inspired, private walled courtyard. The second portion of the project is comprised of the 13 “lofts” and will be industrial inspired while maintaining as much of the original elements of the project as possible.”

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