Judging Double Pop Ups


This is insane. It is located at the corner of 10th and W not too far from the 9:30 club. I thought the home on the right looked promising with the stone but then the third floor was inexplicably topped with vinyl. WTF? The one on the left just leaves me without words. Is it possible the one on the right will be fully topped with the same stone? Is it common to have vinyl beneath stone?

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  • Wow, that’s just…that’s just awful.


  • How does a permit even go through for that???

  • ya know. I like it. Its kinda post fug. using ghetto building materials with modern lines. could be a future movement. I only wish it was multi hued formstone on the bottom. and they should put some awning on it as well.

  • On a cold and grayish 10th St. morn, another little crappy pop up’s born
    In the ghetto
    (In the ghetto)
    And a momma cried
    ‘Cuz if there’s one thing that she don’t need
    It’s another house that makes her eyeballs bleed
    In the ghetto
    (In the ghetto)

  • Clearly an abandoned project. Check out the Street View shot of those buildings:


  • A lot of the buildings owned by Shiloh are boarded up with that same red stuff, but I don’t know if this is also a SBC property. If it is, it’ll look like that for the next 20 years and if you complain about it you’re called a gentrifying/colonizing racist.

  • It’s actually not stone but split face concrete block

  • I like the red painted boards. something BLOOD wrenching about city life whenI see red boards.

  • I just vomited alittle in my mouth

  • Granted it is really bad, just awful.

    It so easy to be critical. Here’s some alternative thought.

    If it were built nicely, we’d be complaining about the high price, gentrification, blah, blah, blah.

    Truth be told, the cost of urban construction in this city in 2009 has become not very expensive, but astronomically expensive with obstacles every step along the way.

    Until you’ve lived it yourself and felt the pain of not just paying for it all, but dealing with a city government that is so inhospitable towards private enterprise and business in general, and divisive arm chair neighborhood activists carping your every move, most people have not the guts nor the inclination in this environment to survive such an endeavor just as this abandoned project attests.

    It was probably an attempt at improvement, an attempt at affordable housing.

    At least they were doers, while we comfortable pass judgement blowing air and tapping keyboards, until someone else (who could afford to live comfortably in a good established neighborhood and not even bother) comes along and finds that they too, are not welcome either.

    And the crime and the neighborhood misery continues…

  • The aesthetic issues notwithstanding, don’t the people who will live on the left deserve windows?

  • Here’s some clarification. The one that’s boarded up has been for sale forever- it’s currently listed at $399k. A few weeks ago the city finally noticed it was vacant and unsecured, and sent a crew to board it up, which is why the boards are painted red (a mark of city work). They then send the bill to the owner, which is normally thousands of dollars.

    The building to the right is being built by the owner/head mechanic of the auto repair shop across the street. As you can imagine, he’s no visionary architect. I was looking at the house a few months ago out of curiosity- I drive by daily- and he said he was building it to pass down as a rental to his kids and wasn’t going to sell it. I guess that’s noble, but it does look pretty darn hideous.

    The one two down to the left- it’s blue- is now under contract for $245k. Who wants to bet it becomes another pop-up? These things tend to be contagious.

  • wife- well, a lot of dc houses are ugly from the back
    husband- that’s the front

  • This section of U Street is part of a missing section of the Greater U Street Historic District, south of Florida Avenue. This area, roughly 12th on the west, V on the South, and Florida on the north and east, and also including 2020 lofts on 12th, and the Lincoln Condominiums, was excluded when the Historic District was established.

    The area has become a showcase for the why and why nots for having historic districts. Some of the more interesting and unique modern residential designs are in this small section, as well as some of the worst, inculding interesting add-ons such as this.

  • Here’s some more info about the Greater U Street Historic District from CSNA’s website:

    About the Greater U Street Historic District

    Its also worth noting that CSNA, through the support of the community, was able to get the First African New Church just down the street at 10th & W Streets land marked and saved from demolition.

    Other local buildings saved by CSNA include the Exeter Building, 1332 U Street and the Oswego Building, 1330 U Street (now Urban Essentials).

  • disgusting

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