Double Pop Up?


Wow, is this going to be a double pop up? Or just one floor with two sets of windows? At this point, what do you think, will it look alright, or is it going to be a brutal eyesore? Just for reference – below is the only other example of a double pop up I’ve ever seen.


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  • That second picture is an absolute eyesore, how could someone do that to a perfectly fine looking block?

  • Brutal eyesore. Should not be allowed to get permits to ravage a home like that. What a tragedy…

  • It doesn’t even match the original building… It should be at least required that they have to use similar building materials and styles.

  • gross… why not just buy 2 row houses side by side and knock out the wall between the 2?

  • The top photo is on Monroe St, I was also pretty stunned the first time I passed by! But, it might not turn out too badly. I think that a brick facade and architect-designed mansard roof could make it blend well, also there are pretty tall trees on that block.

  • Looks terrible but represents a great solution to increasing urban density (assuming the reasoning is to make it a multiple unit building) in areas where existing structures either can’t, or don’t make sense to, be demolished and rebuilt. I wonder if this place will be multiple units?

  • Yeah, it could be ok. But that second pic… ouch!

  • Thank God for that tree, which might somewhat block the view. Even without the tree though, I don’t think it would be as bad as the house in the second photo. That thing looks like a triple pop up! Something out of a Dr. Seuss book!

  • looks like a big middle finger to all the neighbors…

  • The second one is hideous. I feel like the value of the house should depreciate because of that bad, bad idea.

  • can someone get on the ball with banning these popups unless they are heavilly scrutinized by an architectural board? thanks.

  • Are you trying to piss me off?

  • how did # 2 get a permit ? is this neigborhood not bound by the historical revue process.? some of their rules are arcane and discriminatory i admit, but in cases like this where the heck are they?

  • Let know who has the petion for a moratorium on “pop-ups” and I’ll be first in line to sign up.

  • Fugly. Wouldn’t buy or live in either. Glad I don’t live across the street because every time I walked out the door I would have some comment running through my head all the while knowing I couldn’t do a dang thing about it.

  • Picture #2 is terrible but this could look fine. It looks as there will be a nice roof which would match architecture of this period and complement other houses on the block. I would think that #2 looks just as bad inside as it does outside and it is sad that there is no historical review board for Columbia Heights, which allows this sort of construction.
    BTW – to answer Cristobal’s question, why not just buy two houses next to each other – well because two houses would be twice as expensive while adding on to the top of house is not as costly.

  • An addition to a historic property (or any property, for that matter) should be consistent with and complement the original part of the building in materials, style, and detailing, but should be distinguishable from the original, too. While a one-story addition would seem to be more appropriate for the neighborhood, it would be possible to design a two-story addition that is sensitive to its neighbors by picking up the mansard style of the adjacent properties and the detailing and materials of the property being added to. The sides of the building are also important, since they are visible from the street, and some detailing or features should be included to avoid having a blank wall looming over the buildings next to it. Let’s hope the architect and contractor are sensitive enough to finish this project so it improves the neighborhood, rather than detracting from it like the photo above.

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