Judging Old Buildings


This is the “Balfour” (huge fan of the name by the by) located at the corner of 16th and U. Is there a name for this particular style? Thumbs up or down? I dig it. Check out some detail after the jump.


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  • Georgian Revival? I’m totally not sure. The arched windows at the top are Romanesque.

  • It’s Beaux-Arts

    Designed by Thomas Schneider, I think, who also designed the Cairo, the Iowa and the Chastleton.

  • The apartments (or at least the one I looked at) are completely re-done, very modern, loft-style. though the hallways/stairways/elevators were clearly still original. It was a weird juxtaposition. Came very close to renting in this building, but was a bit out of my price range and got loud at night. The building’s exterior though, is fabulous.

  • I looked at a condo in this building when I was looking to buy. They’re definitely redone well, but I get the impression a lot of the redesign was kind of ad hoc — there was an awkward pillar in the middle of a small living room, and the bathroom was by itself down some singular hall. Just a very strange layout.

    • Yes, this lovely building was built in 1900 and it’s in the Beaux-Arts style. My husband and I drove past it yesterday on our way home from the Capital City Market, and we loved it. I’m glad to see it’s been rehabbed and is getting a second life.

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