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What is “Rosslyn Center II”?

February 27, 2005, 1:29 AM

This is a quandary, indeed. And one I’ve been wondering about for quite some time, since it’s a puzzlement. I’ve found a few locations online, including the usually-reliable Emporis that refer to a building called “Rosslyn Center II” that was completed in 2002. It lists the address as 1800 North Moore Street.

I’m wondering just what the deal is with this building. Since a few sources that I’ve found insist it exists, and according to Emporis, Rosslyn Center II is a 27-story building. So it should be quite obvious on the skyline, particularly from my usual vantage point when I go up there, which is Rosslyn Center, at 1700 North Moore Street. And it should be the tallest thing around, too. Definitely taller than Rosslyn Center, and would also be taller than the 24-story 1801 North Lynn Street building, which is the tallest thing around that I can find.

In fact, considering the similarities in height and age for 1801 North Lynn Street, and the alleged Rosslyn Center II building at 1800 North Moore Street, I wonder if Emporis or someone got some things mixed up, and that 1801 North Lynn Street is what they meant. Since that building was completed in 2002. I remember when that building went up, and have a photo of it as a steel frame somewhere…

Either way, it’s one of those things that makes me wonder. Since I know my way around Rosslyn to an extent, having explored it by foot a bit.

And for those of you who are wondering what I’m talking about, let me show you the area in question…

This is Rosslyn Center, which is the building that contains the entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station.
This is Rosslyn Center, which is the building that contains the entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station.

This is 1801 North Lynn Street, which was completed in 2002.
This is 1801 North Lynn Street, which was completed in 2002.

Rosslyn Center II? Who knows. Anyone who does know, I’m interested in finding out what this building’s story is, since it’s intriguing. Kind of like “Find the missing building”. That or I’ve been staring at it all this time and didn’t realize it. Again, who knows.

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