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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. (more…)