My quest for a complimentary Shirlington Limo Company pen has intensified.
Shirlington's most recent business filing
says its principal office is located at 425 8th St. NW, as well as
717 D St. NW. (The airport is actually the listed address for company owner Christopher Baker. We're not the first to note
this guy claims many locations.) So this afternoon I stopped by both.
I didn't have much luck at the airport; my bad luck held at the downtown offices.
On paper, the 8th St. address looked familiar. Arriving at the building, I realized why: I used to date a woman who lived there. It's not an office building at all, it's a luxury rental high-rise called the Lansburgh. It features a heated indoor pool, a virtual golf room, two exercise rooms, a very nice spa -- in an unguarded moment, I once confessed to a friend I wasn't sure if I was dating the woman or her building amenities.
It was also once home to former Attorney General Janet Reno. Condoleezza Rice is rumored to have stayed there as well.
I took some pics of the entrance, but technical problems will delay their posting a few hours. I didn't get inside the building -- I've already been kicked out of a place once today. But if anyone lives at the Lansburgh, and would like to invite me in, we can look for the limo company's offices together. Maybe they'll have two pens to give us.
As it turns out, the D St. NW address is just around the corner from the Lansburgh. It's a small office building. The call box shows its tenants are mostly small law firms and nonprofits. No limousine companies.
I didn't try to sneak in this one, either -- but if anyone works at 717 D St., or knows someone who does, let me know. I've got a whole series of questions I'd like to ask the company, if it's there: How did they get $25 million in government contracts? How did they get so tight with Bill Lowery's pals? How many times did they run hookers to Wilkes' parties? What lawmakers were involved?