We Should Hope For This on Upshur St

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I saw this house on my walk up Georgia Avenue. It looks very similar to the shape of the house on Upshur and NH. And I have to say, I am so upset at the current state of disrepair on Upshur, I think I would actually be delighted if it ends up looking like this house. In the future, maybe we can get some kind of historical status. How do we get historical status anyway?

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  • I would prefer this to the abandoned hovel that was sitting on Upshur & NH for years. Is it my favorite? No – but at least someone will live there and hopefully keep the place looking decent.

  • That is a tough call. I loathe that kind of renovation. I bought a house recently in Columbia Heights (I live about 100 feet from petworth 🙂 and it was painful to see all the cheap gut-renovations that had been done to so many houses while I was shopping. And even though it looks OK now, but it will probably fall apart in 10 years because it was probably crappy work.

    It’s better than an abandoned wreck, sure, but at a large scale, once-beautiful streets will become disjointed and ugly as this continues. It’s not good in the long term and makes the neighborhood less desirable. I just wish that developers cared more about preserving some of the character of the neighborhood than making a quick buck.

  • the couple that owns this house has done an amazing job with it. I’m not a fan of the jumbo top floor add-ons, either, but these two guys really work hard to keep their place looking good. And they’re basically always on their front porch, April-October.

  • No personal criticism of the owners was intended, though I may not agree with their taste (assuming the renovation was their choice)! As much as it pains me to see the original inside of old houses erased, what affects the streetscape is the outside. The third-floor popups (like one that just went on my street smack in the middle of a row of two-story houses), the vinyl/aluminum siding; no muntins in the windows, etc are what really “uglifies” the streetscape. The style just doesn’t fit. I know cost is a factor for many people, but some things (like muntins) don’t cost a thing, and there have to be better choices for siding that won’t break the bank.

    Anyway – it sounds like they are nice folks. I just cringe as I see so much history being torn down around me in this city. Over time these neighborhoods will lose the charm that is one of the main reasons I like living here so much.

  • Vinyl siding and tinfoil in the window? Yuck. Very fugly.

  • To create a historic district, first talk to David Maloney, the Director of the Historic Preservation Office. Talk also to some of your ANC Commissioners. Some of the steps required include a study and inventory of the area the community wishes to preserve, including a list of “contributing” and “non-contributing” structures, community history including noted builders, architects, etc.

    You will also need to get community buy in to the idea. There are trade-offs to living in an area designated as “historic” in terms of materials and compatiability, but it will help defray the deterioration of the integrety of the row-houses, and provide protections to the commercial strips.

    Overall, it is a trade-off that is worthwhile, in my opinion.

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