Steuart Motor Company Building

The Hidden Washington DC photo stream on Flickr from Michael Horsley has hundreds of photos from the District circa 1985-1994. Below are several photos from the collection of the Steuart Motor Company Building on the 1000 Block of 6th Street NW.

The site currently is home to a Marc Parc surface parking lot enclosed in chain link fencing and barbed wire. The present day Steuart Investment Company plans to one day build an office building with ground floor retail on this site across the street from City Vista.

Steuart Motor Co Warehouse II

Auto Warehouse

Stuart Motor Co Warehouse

The color photos are estimated to be from 1994 while the black & whites are from 1988.  An enlargement of the final photo reveals that 6th Street NW was a very wide one way northbound street.

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    John Thompson says

    What a COOL building! Too bad it’s gone, I could see some AMAZING loft, live/work space potential in that place!

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    Shipsa01 says

    Thanks for noting how wide 6th street is. Reminded me of the first Mt. Vernon Square redevelopment meeting, when a city planner who was in attendance proposed that 9th and 6th streets be made one way each – with 9th going Southbound from Mass to Penn and 6th going Northbound from Penn to Mass. His idea was to enlarge the sidewalks on 7th making it more of a pedestrian boulevard and take the buses completely off of it – running them on 6th and 9th. There was a woman from the City office of Planning who debunked the option saying that 6th couldn’t handle the traffic. Looking at the photos, it def. seems like it could. Thoughts?

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    i’m sure the road could handle it, but one-way streets turn into freeways or traffic sewers.

    i’m all for wider sidewalks and narrower streets, but i’d rather that the streets all be two-way. it slows traffic, makes it easier for drivers to actually get to their destinations, makes things more predictable for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, and leads to better neighborhoods.