Judging Pop Ups – 2400 Block of Ontario Rd, NW

These two pop ups are located pretty close to each other on Ontario Rd in Adams Morgan. Do either of these work? Note the one above has a recess for a little balcony area.

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  • i like the first one.
    i dislike the second.
    mostly i dislike the second because the notions of windows you can’t open drives me crazy.

  • that yellow building is vandalism.

  • The second one looks awful, all 21st-century cheapskate building materials used completely out of context, and they don’t look good when they’re used in context either (McMansions).

    The first one isn’t *that* bad — at least it’s got brick and stone — but the window frames are out of character, as is the lack of roofline ornamentation like a cornice or second empire-y mansard/dormer combo like the building on the right. Or if you’re going to go with newfangled metallic looking window frames, continue the thin metallic lines up higher (I’m not wild about the “little parallel tubes of metal sticking out like a cornice” thing that is kind of a early-2000s cliche, but at least that sort of thing continues the theme in a balanced fashion throughout the building exterior).

    Imagine, say, some kind of cornice in the same grey stone as you see around the English basement at the bottom, punctuated with strips of the brown metal that you see around the windows and on the railing, all proportioned to make the building look less bottom-heavy — maybe not a design for the ages but it could work and would look less like they stopped building the building 3/4 of the way up.

  • The first one is actually OK.

    There’s another tragedy being built right now on (top of) the 1700 block of NJ Ave NW. They’re starting to mushroom throughout the neighborhood. Bleh.

  • At some point we’re going to have to have a “Help, I just bought a pop up and want to replace the vinyl with brick!”

  • The first one looks very Chicago too me. Sort of an updated take on a Chicago-school rowhouse. So while I like it, it does seem odd to see it in DC.

    The bottom one — and I’m generally pro-pop up and building modification — is just offensively boring. It looks like a 1980s suburban dentist office building. (The awning doesn’t help.)

  • Pop ups are never good. It’s like cheating on your house’s architecture.

    There is a group of architects working to outlaw all pop ups in DC. I hope they succeed.

  • I don’t mind the first one because the whole building looks like modern construction and the “pop up” looks planned into the original plan.

    The second is just awful. I assume it has multiple units with that awning. I wonder if it is apartments or condos. If it was condo’s I have to wonder at the buyers intelligence. That place screams crappy on in the inside and outside.

    captcha: CASH

  • I know the couple that lives in the top floor of the second building. Its actually very nice and open, almost loft-like, inside. And all those windows crank open and it looks pretty near from the outside when they’re open.

  • If the windows Open then I retract my complaint.

    I’d bet anything that of lot of people that bitch aboUt popups are the same folks that say that “change is inevitable” when talking about gentrification.

    If I have children, I’m going to have to popup my house to stay in the city. Many people I know are in the same situation. And we needore density to support the growth that a lot of us want.

  • Agree with Anonymous commenter above. Pop-ups are often awful looking, but I think there are defensible reasons for getting them (new baby, desire to stay in a community you love).

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