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  • looks superb. great brickwork detailing.

  • That sure looks purty to me! I love that they didn’t go with a generic, uniform brick choice.
    Looking at the photograph of the building from December, though, I cringe when I see brick going up over OSB or plywood – it’s not a “real” brick building! Oh well, looks nice on the outside.

  • Unrelated: I have always liked the 4-5 rowhomes around the corner from that condo on 11th- the paint colors are very complimentary to one another.

  • Looks incredible, although given the location I am sure any unit inside is less than affordable.

  • I walk by the place a lot..and after every storm they’re pumping out the basement….as long as that part’s not inhabited I’d give the building a…meh.

    As far as I can tell in watching the construction, the bricks are just facade. the structure itself went up in wood.

  • Um, aren’t most brick homes framed in wood, then bricked? I understand office buildings don’t go up this way, but I don’t understand concern about wood framing.

  • Although it may be temporary, I like the choice of the window frame color. It makes the red brick PoP a bit. hey oh!

  • SM, in olden days, brick buildings were built with two layers of brick, with an airspace in between (to prevent moisture from passing through to the inside face). The interior layer of brick was then faced with stucco.

    But that hasn’t been the way of building things for more than half a century.

  • Anybody know when this is going to be completed? They had a stop work order sticker plastered in the window a few weeks (months?) ago. Seems like it has been nearly finished for a long time!

  • brick is just a veneer on any contemporary building – not structural. kind of weird actually that it’s just aesthetic; on my 1906 rowhouse it holds up the floor joists.

  • Well, living in an old neighborhood of brick homes, when someone tells you that a structure is “solid masonry,” it usually means that it’s brick over cinderblock. The blueprints of my house from 1945 show that the foundation/basement level had full-width cinder blocks, while the upper two-and-a-half floors use half-width cinder blocks, all faced with brick.
    Brick over plywood is not much different, in my brick-snob opinion, than siding – you can still have moisture problems and termites.

  • Wouldn’t a single layer of brick be bowing after 50 or so years? I’d be concerned. I’m watching a building go up along 9th street that is built the same way that is 4 or so stories – and have no idea if it’s going to last longer than 30ish years.

  • Tony, I bet people said the same thing 140 years ago with balloon-frame construction – “That won’t last 50 years!” Some of them haven’t, but it’s amazing how many have. With the brick veneer, as long as water doesn’t permeate the mortar and damage the plywood, these buildings should last. Of course, in the District, we seem to have a serious case of “Teardown-itis” when it comes to old buildings…

  • A brick veneer will have tiebacks – little metal tabs every few courses, embedded into the mortar – to keep the brick held against the wall. (Kind of like those strips that IKEA gives you with bookcases to fasten to the wall and keep the bookcase from tipping forward.) Tony, on the one you are watching being built, do you see a grid of little metal tabs attached to the wall panels behind the brick?

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