And Yet More Pop Ups to Judge


Here’s a couple more interesting examples from the 1100 block of 3rd Street, NE. Do either of these get a thumbs up?

I think the one below is pretty good:



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  • Is that first one finished? What the hell did they do to the second story windows?

    That house makes it’s formstone coved neighbor look positively lovely.

    All I can say is I hope the owner of that house plans to rent and/or live it in until the day they die because I can’t imagine anyone buying it. They funky second story window placements screams something was done wrong and it is going to have to be fixed. And don’t get me started on the crappy front of the house addition.

  • Agree – really like the bottom one… Top one, not so much. Doesn’t fit in with it’s neighbors at ALL, and it looks like someone took a modernized brush to an otherwise older house…

  • Anyway we can get the owner of the bottom one to tell us what design build company he used? Looks great. I think a good modern popup jives well with the classic. I’m in the market to do something like this myself.

  • the simple answer is NO – you can combine modern and old but in these cases they are not working.

  • I like the 2nd one. What is the cost to addition like that ?

  • Luckily, if the ones next door are anything to judge by, the house in the first one was already ugly.

    It’s a terrible popup. I find the mondrian-like positioning of the new 2nd story windows in the old opening fascinating and disturbing. But at least nothing really beautiful was destroyed to create it.

  • The 2nd one is not on the 1100 block of 3rd street NE. The 1st one is tho. The 2nd might be on K near 3rd

    The houses on the 1100 block of 3rd are really small, so I can understand why they would want to do a pop-up.

    Besides, 1 block from metro and 1 block from harris teeter is pretty sweet.

  • The second one is on K St. between 3rd and 4th NE.

    I believe it is currently being rented out, but I think it is a really cool (and very subtle) pop up. I missed it the first couple of times that I went by it.

  • The fist one made me throw up in my mouth a little.

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  • yeah, the second is right off 3rd and k. it looks pretty good. it’s a few houses down from the billboard that was recently tork down at 3rd and k.

    excellent location. fairly safe….

    it looks even better when driving/jogging by. especially since there are a few new/modern building being built up nearby. it’s like a transition from the big modern bldgs to the old 30’s houses on k st.

  • check out the entry on NOMA for the buildings that are kitty corner from the property in the second photo…

  • I hate pop-ups, but the second one doesn’t make my eyes bleed like the first one.

    I’ll never understand why pop-ups are necessary. Family sizes when these were originally built were double what they are now. I know, I know–higher standard of living, more stuff, more appliances, more luxury time–I get the reasons, but I don’t get the Big Why.

  • Oh and I forgot the other factor: incontinence. Used to be a family could get by on one bathroom. They knew how to hold their pee or wait ten minutes for a shower. Now we need a toilet adjacent to every room. It’s almost as if we’ve become a society of three year-olds with all the soda we can drink.

  • I like the 2nd one.
    We live differently from when these houses were originally built. Back in the early 20th century you could fit 3-4 children in one bed and no one would call it abuse, or you could send your 5 year old outside and play or get a job as a newspaper boy so he’s not hanging around the house getting in the way.

  • hello!
    And we have solar panels in the back!
    thank you for the comments.
    The owners at 309 K Street.

  • My concern with pop-ups goes beyond how they look – it’s more about the effect they could have on the historical integrity of the neighborhood and their effects on the properties values of the houses around them, especially next door. The atrocious pop-up monstrosities chronicled on this site are clearly hurting their neighbor’s property values, and that’s wrong and DCRA should protect homeowners against these injuries. I wonder if even well-executed pop-ups could adversely affect neighboring property values, as well.

  • How much will it cost to have a pop up on a house similar to the 2nd?

  • I’m flattered! I designed the 2nd one at 309 K Street. My firm is Fowler Architects- we’re a 3 person office on the Hill.

  • As the owner of a pop up on capitol hill, I hate many of them, but mine you can’t see from the street at all. Now, from the back it is quite a dominant part of the alley, but there is an even higher building across the alley.

    Most however are absurd.

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