Wrecking Ball Comes to Old NPR Building in Chinatown

by Prince Of Petworth June 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm 5 Comments


Thanks to TommyZ for sending the photo above. He writes:

“For the last few months I have noticed construction crews gutting the old NPR building on 635 Massachusetts Ave. NW, but today I noticed they started knocking the building down with a wrecking ball. Any ideas what is going to replace it? Also, curious if its cheaper to demolish and start from scratch vs. renovating it?”

It’s going to become a brand new building that has been leased to the Arnold & Porter law firm. NPR’s new home is at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE in NoMa.


    That’s not Chinatown. Where’s the love for Mount Vernon Square/Triangle?

    • Duponter

      Is it a square? Is it a triangle? What the what?

  • It can be cheaper to renovate, but the new building is going to be vastly larger than what it replaces–it’ll have more than double the square footage overall, and will extend all the way down from 7th Street to 6th.

  • Ronald

    there’s a political metaphor somewhere in that picture, I’m sure

  • not_scott

    Can’t believe it…I remember when they moved here and chattered endlessly about their “new digs”…and here we are again, and they’re tearing it down. I guess NPR is gentrifier in nature, and keeps moving to the edge! ;-)


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