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  • I still think they can be done in a lot less disruptive way as well. For example, in this case, they should have continued the slope of the existing roof line and/or build the extension behind the old “hump” at the front edge of the roof (I don’t know how to explain it better), so that it would be much less visible from the street. Granted, that would make the pop up smaller and reduce the ability to have windows on the street side.

  • They could be done less disruptively, but the trend is they are not. Maybe in a few generations, if new owners care, the trend will be to tear the bad additions out and try to redo them with a more authentic vision. Long odds. In the meantime, or more likely in perpetuity, we will have a lot of butt ugly additions to look at, like the one Anthony Cornish dreamed up at NH and Upshur.

  • Have you guys seen the house on the NE corner of Quincy and 7th? They’re in the process of renovating.
    For a long time, you could barely see the house from all of the overgrown bushes, dead tree covered with ivy, etc. But now that they’ve stripped out all of the underbrush, it’s obvious that the house has a completely different decorative material for the second floor. The first floor is red brick and the top floor is….weird faux stones? I dunno, not my cup of tea. But what strikes me is that this doesn’t look new. Maybe it was constructed this way decades ago? Regardless, it is pretty similar to the ones that get a lot of grief on various blogs for looking “out of place” or disrupting neighborhood aesthetics.
    I’m not sure what I’m getting at here…but I did want to point out that this “trend” isn’t anything new.

  • I have seen some very nice 3rd floors which are not really additions, but seem to be original or at least old enough to fool the untrained eye. There is a mansard roof on top of a bay-windowed 2-story brick home. I’m not talking about the weird one on NH Ave, but some on quieter side streets. Let me figure out exactly where I saw these nice old 3rd floors and send the PoP the address. It was somewhere I wandered yesterday, so that won’t be too hard to track down. Certainly, there are good examples on S Street NW on the block between 14th and 15th, south side.

  • P.S. if this house is on Euclid St, then it has priceless views to the south. I think that’s the main reason why the addition is going up.

  • But I weep for the loss of that roofline – if it was anything like the one next to it.

  • I always thought it might be nice on these “Warder style” rowhouses to incorporate the original shingled roof and small windows and then top it with a 4-5 foot arched glass sunroom addition (one of those Pella-type solarium)… you know, like they used to stick on to the front of Wendy’s Hamburger joints. It would stick up some, but not be quite as obvious as a couple hundred square foot of vinyl siding.

  • This house is on Clifton & 11th behind the high school.

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