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Monument’s Idea for Old Post Office: Newseum and the National Press Club Wrapped Into One

Private bids for the Old Post Office were due this week, and already we're hearing some creative ideas for reuse of the giant space. Bisnow reports today that Monument "Go Big or Go Home" Realty wants to turn it into a center for media organizations:

Designed with finance partner Angelo Gordon and an NBC news producer who approached him with the idea 18 months ago, his plan would be to create high-end production facilities shared by everyone from major networks to the many DC offices of overseas press; higher floors would be offices of media-oriented law firms and lobbyists, and companies like Yahoo and Google. Consistent with GSA’s guidance that the building should emphasize interactive public use, Michael envisions tourists freely looking in on glass-enclosed studios, joining audiences of ongoing programs, or perhaps just ogling Wolf Blitzer.

Kind of like...the 102-year-old National Press Club, which houses offices for overseas news outlets. Also kind of like...the Newseum, which educates the public about the media business. Neither of those house all the folks Monument CEO Michael Darby has in mind, but still, do we really need that much real estate devoted to the fourth estate?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/ Mr T in DC

    Yeah, that doesn't seem very original to me. With the central atrium, I'm thinking hotel on the upper floors at least. Will ask my brother what he thinks - he's in the business, though in NYC.

  • http://marketurbanism.com Stephen Smith

    If this media supergroup is willing to fork over more cash for the building than anyone else, then I say go for it. It might not be "original," but the people in the market for high historic office space aren't going to be some avantgarde artists...

    And given DC's budget woes, I hope they go with whoever offers the most money rather than whoever provides the most public access or whatever. DC's already got a ton of "interactive public use" in the form of a metric fuckton of free museums.

  • http://thegreatermarin.wordpress.com/ OctaviusIII

    Way to be creative, Monument. Although it's an interesting idea, I wonder if the DC market has space for another entrant. As well, single-industry collections tend to happen naturally if they'd happen at all.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen/ Michael

    Whatever happens to this building, I wish they would work with WMATA to add an eastern entrance to the Federal Triangle Metro station, connecting to the current food court. That would do wonders for the foot traffic.