Hecht Company Warehouse

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Hecht Company Warehouse
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Hecht Company Warehouse is located in Washington, D.C.
Hecht Company Warehouse
Location 1401 New York Ave., NE., Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′52″N 76°59′6″W / 38.91444°N 76.98500°W / 38.91444; -76.98500Coordinates: 38°54′52″N 76°59′6″W / 38.91444°N 76.98500°W / 38.91444; -76.98500
Built 1937
Architect Abbott, Merkt & Co.; Steel, Gilbert V.
Architectural style Moderne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 94000446
Added to NRHP May 25, 1994[1]

The Hecht Company Warehouse in Washington, D.C. is a Streamline Moderne style building. Designed by engineer Gilbert V. Steel of the New York engineering firm Abbott and Merkt, and prominently located on New York Avenue, it served as the central warehouse for The Hecht Company from its construction in 1937 and expansion in 1948. The building uses glass block extensively, culminating in a twelve-pointed star-shaped cupola at the corner, which is illuminated at night. Black brick interspersed with glass block spells out "The Hecht Co" at the fifth floor.

At its opening, the building featured an in-house vehicle repair shop, air conditioning for the basement and first two floors, and three railroad track platforms.

A careful rehabilitation was carried out in 1992, using matching materials.[2][3][4] The site and surrounding area are currently under redevelopment to turn the building into a mixed-use retail and residential complex called the Hecht Warehouse District.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Hecht Company Warehouse" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-12-01. 
  3. ^ Lazo, Alejandro (December 17, 2007). "Developer Purchases Old Hecht's Warehouse". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). pp. D01. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ Lengel, Allan (June 18, 2007). "A Landmark Readies for Change". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). pp. D03. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hecht Warehouse District". Douglas Development Corporation. Douglas Development Corporation. Retrieved July 27, 2014.