House of the Day

IMG_6332, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

But not for a good reason. While this house looks like it could be super sweet, I’m wondering if they ran out of brownstone… Do you think it looks a bit bizarre with brownstone on the bottom and brick on the top two floors? Is this common? So seriously, did they run out of brownstone?

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  • Check out the corner of 7th and Quincy for another example.

  • Could be the brownstone facade went on later, as an alternative to repointing the brick. Or maybe this is just an architectural style, though I haven’t seen many like that before. My money’s on coverup job.

  • The house at 7th and Quincy is typical of houses that decided in the 60’s to apply fake stone facade instead of repointing the brick. At the time they actually thought it looked good and would help to preserve the brickwork underneath, kind of like the stucco facade on my house and others in the neighborhood.

  • i’ve seen quite a few buildings constructed this way. from boston as far south as richmond.
    this one is particulalry awkward because the tone of the paint has nothing to do with the tone of the stone.

  • Even in the 1960’s brownstone was too expensive of a material to be used for veneer facades. This brownstone was most certainly original and the combination of brownstown and brick is not uncommon. The problem here is that the brick has clearly been painted. What we do not know is what the original color of the brick was. It’s natural color could be more sympathetic to the brownstone or it could have been intended for a sympathetic paint color from the very beginning. Either way, now, it is not terribly attractive.

  • i think it was about structural integrity. the bottom was heavier, and the top was lighter.

    it allowed for a solid house to be built with less money than a complete brownstone house. it had to do with the economics of the era.

  • I took off the stucco facade and found nice brick underneath.
    Thanks to neighbors, people we met in Wonderland, and random passersby for helping the the stucco-removal job!

  • poo poo,

    brownstone would have been just a facing material. though you are right that the heavier element at the bottom retains the integrity, its just a visual integrity, not structural. it has nothing to do with the economics of an area, you see it from park slope to dupont circle. from bloomingdale, to petworth. the philips collection, and the heurich house has this type of look

    thinking about it more there are hundreds of examples of this type of look around our fair city.

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