A Look at the Portland Flats Building and Where &Pizza will be Located in Brookland

by Prince Of Petworth January 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm 15 Comments


Just saw the &Pizza signage located right next to the recently opened Potbelly in Monroe Street Market.

Here’s how the Portland Flats building is turning out:

655 Michigan Ave, NE


And here’s a cool shot of it from PoPville flickr user BeverlyS2:


  • MK

    They’re trying to replicate the gorgeous original Portland Flats that stood on Vermont Avenue until some jackass ripped it down in 1962. I wish my family had taken more pictures of city buildings back in the day.

    • annonny

      Interesting – thanks for making that connection. I’ve seen a few photos of the old Portland Flats building and like this one it was a pastiche of various architectural styles. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of that architectural approach, but it’s nice to see a developer trying to reach back into some DC history instead of building a glass box. Before/after of the original building here: http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/2267/then-and-now-the-portland-flats/

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the heads up. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about this building aesthetically, but it looks MUCH better than I assumed during the earlier stages of construction. All for referencing prior history.
      Does anyone know the general ballpark of rent prices? I’m assuming 1br starting in the low 2,000s?

      • Eponymous

        Per their web site they start around 1700 – but most are 1800-2050.

  • Anonymous

    no filter?

  • Anonymous

    I was just driving through that part of town over the weekend. All I can say is “WOW!!” I am very impressed with the new construction. & Pizza wil be a great addition to the neighborhood.

  • dcreal

    Now this is a great looking building that has an Old World feel to it. It looks like a restored building from distance. It instatnly reminds me of the Flat Iron building and the Tribeca Grand Hotel in nyc.

  • brookland_rez

    Abdo really did a spectacular job with this development. First rate.

    • Eponymous

      Agreed. Would love to see a complimentary development by them in the wmata bus loop space.

  • anony

    this is beautiful. if they bring in a grocery store i am sold. or leased, i suppose.

    • pwedz

      dying for a Trader Joe’s over here…….

  • Mike

    Another great shot of the original Portland Flats on Vermont Ave. at Thomas Circle. What a sad, sad loss.

    • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Thank all of you for recognizing the superiority of turn of century architecture ..its the street scapes of the past that gives us the only hip and cool feel in any east coast city…why more people support modernist cubes i will never know …

  • pwedz

    yes – this structure gives me joy when turning onto Monroe to get home to my little piece of Brookland. love it !!


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