17 Comment

  • It’s a finial, not a lightning rod. It’s purpose is to cap the top of the turret roof slates that would otherwise leak without a cap. Just like flashing on a roof ridge or parapet wall. The tradition is to take the opportunity of a necessary cap and turn it into something a little bit more ornamental.

    • Thanks for setting that straight. I didn’t know what it was, but couldn’t possibly imagine why someone would want a lightning rod on the roof.

      • : )

        Lightening rods are supposed to go on the roof. They are attached to cables that offer a path of least resistance to any lightning that would strike the highest point of a structure, which is the lightning rod.

        Simple rule – If lightning strikes the house or finial the house explodes and burns down, if lightning strikes a lightning rod, the electricity passes through the cable and is grounded out in the earth sparing the house any damage outside of your sensitive electronic equipment.

  • Looks amazing! Kudos to the owner and his long plight- he deserves so real credit here, IMO

  • This is a great development for the neighborhood! I know they’ve had a tough time getting funds together after the accident, and I wish them the best of luck in the renovations.

  • That part of the house is called a finial…you find them on all the old turrets here in this city (unless they have fallen off over time).
    It looks to me like the letter “Q”…does the owner’s last name begin with “Q”? I wonder.

  • Mike. yes, the owners last name begins with the letter Q. Nice touch, I think.

    • and super appropriate given the family history of ownership and the battles they’ve fought to get the house to this point…that street corner looks awesome now!

  • I’m impressed with the attention to detail. The brick detail at the top, slate roof, matching foundation cover. I had to click back to the horses ass award to see what was original(none of it).

    Thank you for taking the time and money to properly restore the building!

  • does the finial have neon? can it rotate?

  • I was impressed to see them renovating the building to match other adjoinging houses, and what it used to look like. The “Q” seems a bit much for my taste. Hats off to the owners for doing a great job overall.

  • Does anyone have a recommendation/suggestion where we can buy a finial to replace the cracked one on our row house? Any locals?

  • Honkin’ big “Q” aside, this looks to be quality work. The brownstone basement level and lintels, the ornamental brickwork, the natural slate roof, all fantastic! It shows that it IS still possible to build in a way that preserves the historical integrity of the street, and it shines a super-bright spotlight on the godawful pop-ups and re-habs we see that do it on the cheap.

  • A f-ing ++ , looks great – why cant more developers do it right?

  • How on earth did they get a big Q approved by historic? I live in that district and they refused to approve anything other than a ball and spike.

Comments are closed.