When Washington City Paper moved out of its longtime offices on Champlain Street NW in May 2013, the place wasn’t in great shape, but it was in better shape than this.
The paper was forced out of its Adams Morgan haunt to make way for the long-anticipated hotel that will take over that space and the adjacent First Church of Christ, Scientist building on Euclid Street NW. But the upscale Line DC hotel, from the New York-based Sydell Group, has been slow to start construction, while some neighbors continue to voice their opposition. Now comfortably ensconced at a more centrally located and structurally sound (if less colorful) office on Franklin Square, the City Paper staff has turned on occasion to its still-standing former headquarters and wondered why, exactly, we had to leave in such a hurry.
Finally, 22 months after we moved out, the space has become very obviously uninhabitable. The heavy machinery got started this week with demolition of the building. City Paper operations director Jeff Boswell stopped by yesterday to pick up some old mail before it’s too late, and he snapped a few photos of the place. Here, laid bare, is the current state of the place where so many battles were fought, victories were celebrated, groundbreaking movies were made, and farewells were bidden—as we bid farewell now to our old home of 20 years.
The main entrance still looks about the same:
But the inside is another story. Here’s the second floor, where some City Paper employees worked before the paper’s consolidation to a single floor (the third floor, shown above) about six years ago:
Even those ruins won’t be around much longer. The exterior demolition is already underway:
Photos by Jeff Boswell