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Wonder Bread Factory.
Wonder Bread Factory.
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Mapping D.C.'s converted warehouses, factories, and other industrial buildings

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Wonder Bread Factory.
| Photo via Douglas Development

Everything from churches to schools have been converted in Washington, D.C. There aren't too many converted factories or warehouses, though, which shouldn't be any wonder since the District is primarily focused on government work as opposed to heavy or light industry.

Despite this, there's still enough to map. Below, check out which industrial buildings in D.C. have been converted into housing, retail, and offices.

Are there any buildings mistakenly left off this list? Let Curbed DC know in the comments.

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1. Delancey Lofts

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1701 Kalorama Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
This 1930s-built Adams Morgan warehouse was converted into a condo building in 2005. Ever since, it's offered 48 modern condos across four floors. Prices range from $350,000 to $750,000. Inside, there are double height ceilings, exposed brick, and stainless steel appliances.
Photo via Compass

2. The Helicopter Factory

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770 Girard St NW
Washington, DC 20001
At one point, this factory created the world's earliest helicopters. In 2016, Washington, D.C.-based Brick Lane and Brook Rose Development combined three original historic warehouses into one building, creating this condo development. Six industrial-style row houses with 13 units were also constructed on what was a surface parking lot.
Photo via Brick Lane

3. The Flats at Union Row

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2125 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
PN Hoffman converted old commercial warehouses in U Street Corridor into 59 townhomes and 216 condos. Creating The Flats at Union Row, there is a hybrid look of a retro factory with a modern glass and brick architecture. Prices range from $270,000 to a little over $1 million. Here, there are private terraces, curved walls, and amenities like garage parking and a 24-hour front desk and security. This development was constructed in 2007.
Photo via Google Street View

4. Wonder Bread Factory

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641 S Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001
As can be assumed from the title of this building, this development was once a factory for Wonder Bread from the early 1900s until the 1980s. For almost 20 years, the building sat vacant. Douglas Development later converted the historic building in 2013 into a four-story Class A office development with 27 below-grade parking spaces.
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5. Yale West

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443 New York Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 969-8482
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This structure was constructed in Mt. Vernon Triangle in c. 1902. At the time, it served as a laundry facility. Now, it consists of 16 condos with a new 12-story tower with an additional 132 units. Here, amenities include a rooftop pool, fitness center, and garage parking. The developer behind the project was Scott Fuller. The conversion was completed in 2008.
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201 M Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 543-2040
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In 2016, Douglas Development converted the historic Uline Arena building into a La Colombe coffee shop and the fifth ever REI flagship store. Inside, the 51,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified building houses a courtyard and 30 percent more product than a typical REI store. It also utilizes reclaimed wood and steel as well as the original flooring of the building. Uline Arena was also known as the Washington Coliseum. It once hosted events that included ice skating, circuses, and The Beatles’ first ever U.S. concert. The former industrial use of this building was that it was once a trash transfer station.
Photo by Michelle Goldchain

7. Foundry Lofts

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301 Tingey Street
Washington, D.C. 20003
(866) 205-5860
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In one of Navy Yard's naval factories, the Foundry Lofts boasts a myriad of amenities, including a courtyard, fitness center, and sculpture terrace with an outdoor fireplace. Constructed in 1918, this development was once known as Building 160 and the Pattern/Joiner shop. Forest City Washington redeveloped the building in 2011.
Photo via Google Street View

8. Republic Restoratives

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1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
In Ivy City, this factory was totally refurbished by Mapos, an architecture and interiors firm based in New York. Now, it is a women-owned and -run whiskey distillery.
Photo courtesy of Mapos

9. The Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City

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1401 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(571) 748-3245
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Douglas Development totally redeveloped this previously vacant warehouse in 2015. The c. 1937-constructed building now houses 335 residential units, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. Amenities inside the project include a "dog run," fitness center, and on-site grocery store.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Superbass

10. Torpedo Factory Art Center

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105 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
Starting 1918, this Alexandria, Virginia building served as a torpedo factory. By June 1945, activity in the factory came to a halt. It wasn't until May 1974 when work began on the building to convert it into art galleries and studios. Finally, in September 1974, the building reopened to the public, this time as an arts space. There are over 165 professional artists who work at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. Over half a million visitors come to this venue every year.
Photo via Cliff

1. Delancey Lofts

1701 Kalorama Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
Photo via Compass
This 1930s-built Adams Morgan warehouse was converted into a condo building in 2005. Ever since, it's offered 48 modern condos across four floors. Prices range from $350,000 to $750,000. Inside, there are double height ceilings, exposed brick, and stainless steel appliances.
1701 Kalorama Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. The Helicopter Factory

770 Girard St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Photo via Brick Lane
At one point, this factory created the world's earliest helicopters. In 2016, Washington, D.C.-based Brick Lane and Brook Rose Development combined three original historic warehouses into one building, creating this condo development. Six industrial-style row houses with 13 units were also constructed on what was a surface parking lot.
770 Girard St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. The Flats at Union Row

2125 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Photo via Google Street View
PN Hoffman converted old commercial warehouses in U Street Corridor into 59 townhomes and 216 condos. Creating The Flats at Union Row, there is a hybrid look of a retro factory with a modern glass and brick architecture. Prices range from $270,000 to a little over $1 million. Here, there are private terraces, curved walls, and amenities like garage parking and a 24-hour front desk and security. This development was constructed in 2007.
2125 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Wonder Bread Factory

641 S Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20001
Photo via Douglas Development
As can be assumed from the title of this building, this development was once a factory for Wonder Bread from the early 1900s until the 1980s. For almost 20 years, the building sat vacant. Douglas Development later converted the historic building in 2013 into a four-story Class A office development with 27 below-grade parking spaces.
641 S Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Yale West

443 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
PHoto via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid
This structure was constructed in Mt. Vernon Triangle in c. 1902. At the time, it served as a laundry facility. Now, it consists of 16 condos with a new 12-story tower with an additional 132 units. Here, amenities include a rooftop pool, fitness center, and garage parking. The developer behind the project was Scott Fuller. The conversion was completed in 2008.
443 New York Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. REI

201 M Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Photo by Michelle Goldchain
In 2016, Douglas Development converted the historic Uline Arena building into a La Colombe coffee shop and the fifth ever REI flagship store. Inside, the 51,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified building houses a courtyard and 30 percent more product than a typical REI store. It also utilizes reclaimed wood and steel as well as the original flooring of the building. Uline Arena was also known as the Washington Coliseum. It once hosted events that included ice skating, circuses, and The Beatles’ first ever U.S. concert. The former industrial use of this building was that it was once a trash transfer station.
201 M Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

7. Foundry Lofts

301 Tingey Street, Washington, D.C. 20003
Photo via Google Street View
In one of Navy Yard's naval factories, the Foundry Lofts boasts a myriad of amenities, including a courtyard, fitness center, and sculpture terrace with an outdoor fireplace. Constructed in 1918, this development was once known as Building 160 and the Pattern/Joiner shop. Forest City Washington redeveloped the building in 2011.
301 Tingey Street
Washington, D.C. 20003

8. Republic Restoratives

1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Photo courtesy of Mapos
In Ivy City, this factory was totally refurbished by Mapos, an architecture and interiors firm based in New York. Now, it is a women-owned and -run whiskey distillery.
1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

9. The Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City

1401 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Superbass
Douglas Development totally redeveloped this previously vacant warehouse in 2015. The c. 1937-constructed building now houses 335 residential units, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. Amenities inside the project include a "dog run," fitness center, and on-site grocery store.
1401 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Photo via Cliff
Starting 1918, this Alexandria, Virginia building served as a torpedo factory. By June 1945, activity in the factory came to a halt. It wasn't until May 1974 when work began on the building to convert it into art galleries and studios. Finally, in September 1974, the building reopened to the public, this time as an arts space. There are over 165 professional artists who work at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. Over half a million visitors come to this venue every year.
105 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314