Judge New Construction


The house all the way to the left was once featured as a house of the day. But I’m wondering what you think about the building vis a vis the block? I dig the modern look but I also think it clashes rather than compliments the more traditional rowhouses towards the middle of the block. What do you think – clash or compliment?

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  • The one on the left is fine, since it has a nice aesthetic that complements a traditional building like the gray one. it’s the nasty brick one in the middle with the tan bay windows that looks way out of place.

  • The new construction on the far left is new school City Design. Solid and modern and juxtapozes with the classic old school city design nicely for that reason. Where as the webster houses are not city design. They are suburban design and the two will never marry.

  • I’m not in love with the way it fits, but it’s nice enough in its own right and the block can stand the non-conformity, especially from an end unit.

    To my eye, the real offender in this photo is the address *next to* the one on the end; only its height is useful for the transition from contemporary to classic.

  • I’m agree with the previous 3 comments – the 3 story brick house with the tan bay window is the only problem with the transition.

    Who would have thought that PoP readers would be so versed in architecture/urban design? I’m very impressed.

  • Again – some interesting history here. About 4 years ago, the one on the left (modenr end unit) was in it’s last life as a poor spec – and they built a 4 story, one-room, balloon frame with just Tyvek to protect it. Apparently someone complained or something happened, because it sat and sat and sat and the wind and rain really ruined the quality of the wood. Then one night, it blew over. Kaboom – demolishing the deck of the house on the left (out of frame) and blocking the alley. Neighbors rejoiced! (After we knew no one was injured.)

    When I was out there chatting with the guys from the Hoawrd Physical Plant (across the street) they noted that they would not get to close to the one with the brick facade. They’d watched it being built too and the facade may or may not be attached to the building as well as you might wish. It as apparent before the modern one went up that there were gaps between the brick facade and the structure, but I’m not an engineer, so I just share the gossip. Probably the new modern one (which looked very well built) will shore up the ugly one.

  • I think I would like it better if it were set next to the original victorian homes on the block. This reminds me of a rule of thumb for eclectic decorating: when dressing a room (or desigining a block) with eclectic styles, always keep the styles at least 2 periods apart so that there is never one piece that is next to another from one period prior – this is key for proper juxtoposition. I like the modern rowhome, it’s bay is reminiscent of historic rowhomes in the area, but it is next to a modern interpretation of a traditional victorian and so the juxtoposition, and hence the whole setting, is diminished.

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