As recently as April 2014 Bob the Barber had his business here on the seventh floor - weird place for a barbershop, no? And I see that there was once a Hard Times Cafe on the eighth floor. But in October 2014, when I took these photos, I saw no evidence of that. Doing a google search on the address, I see that various other businesses were also located here. Once.
Here's the face that I-95 sees - it often has a big advertising banner affixed thereto:
Let's start with the description on a web site:
Excellent location - 495/95 interchange
Entire floor available
Prominent building in Fairfax County
Floor to ceiling windows
Full service leases
Less than a mile from Springfield Metro
Subject property is a tall, glass structure located prominently at the interchange of I-495 and I-95 in Spingfield, Virginia. Standing 14 stories tall, the Springfield Tower is one of the most visable (sp) landmarks in Fairfax County. Property has floor to ceiling windows, and a two-level parking deck. Leases are full service.
The Springfield Tower is located at the intersection of the Capital Beltway (495) and 95/395, one of the most accessible submarkets in metro DC. The Springfield Metro stop is less than a mile away and the property is surrounded by retail, office, and hotels.
...and blight, police tape, parked trucks and crumbling concrete. Take a look:
Above: I'm guessing that, once upon a time, some bank had a branch location here, and this was where the drive through section was. Now some unknown entity parks industrial trucks there
Above: This is what you see when you park in front of the building. Those steel stanchions look like they are partially holding up the deck!
Above: And here's the front entrance. That makes an unforgettably impressive look for corporate customers and clients, huh?
Note that the "d" in "dr." is lower case here but upper case in the view at the top. Nice touch. At least they spelled "Augusta" correctly.
Above: Plan to drive up that ramp? I don't think so. With the stanchions in front in mind, you and your car might just end up in a pile of concrete.
Sheesh. What a wreck! Didn't I last see a building like this in Detroit - or an episode of The Simpsons?
Stay classy, downtown Springfield...