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Look Inside this Century-Old Capitol Hill Car Garage Turned Condos

The front entrance to the New Union Garage condos on Capitol Hill. Photos by Maxine Schnitzer Photography.

Until it shuttered in 2013, the garage at 645 Maryland Ave., NE, had been a neighborhood mainstay for more than a century, serving as an auto-repair shop the entire time. Washington developer OPaL bought the vacant building in 2015 and set about transforming it into three large, luxury condos. The finished building—dubbed the New Union Garage, in homage to the shop’s original name—hit the market last week. Two of the three condos, listed for $1.9 million and $1.85 million, have already sold.

All three units are more than 2,000 square feet, with three bedrooms and private outdoor space. The remaining condo is listed for $1.7 million.

OPaL’s principal, Sean Ruppert, says the buyers of the first two condos are both recent DC transplants. He says the third unit (which is one level) has attracted interest from empty-nesters who already live on the Hill but want to downsize from rowhouses. The building was designed by GPS Designs Architecture. P Four handled the interior decorating.

Take a look at the dramatic transformation.


Here’s how the garage looked around the time it was built in 1906.
And here’s how it looked before developer Opal bought it.
Here’s how it looks today.
The developer added two floors atop the original building, and commissioned an artist to recreate the historic New Union Garage sign.
The living/dining area of the building’s sole two-level unit.
A guest bedroom in the same unit.
Kitchen and a second dining area.
Master bathroom.
Master bedroom.
View from the second-floor loft.
Private outdoor terrace.
The kitchen and living room of the third-floor penthouse.
Another living room view.
Penthouse master bathroom.
Master bedroom.
The penthouse’s private rooftop terrace.

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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She oversees the magazine’s real estate and home design coverage, and writes long-form feature stories. She was a 2020 Livingston Award finalist for her two-part investigation into a wrongful conviction stemming from a murder in rural Virginia.