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  • Thumbs up. But then again. anything semi-decent that goe sup on Georgia avenue these days gets a thumbs up.

  • Up, up and away! Looks nice – I wonder if they actually get good views of downtown from the big rounded windows on the corner. Is this apartments or condos?

  • big thumbs up.

    I can’t wait until they start on the Safeway!

  • It’s not something that makes you go, “oooh” but it’s definitely pulling up the look and feel of that intersection around the Petworth Metro.

    I’ll bet the south and west views are outstanding from those upper floors. Once the Safeway reno happens, this will a seriously sweet place to live.

  • I think they did a great job on this. It blends into the neighborhood, but is clearly full of great apartments. BOY would I like one of those corner apartments!

    • it blends with the neighborhood? how?

      • Actually, I was noticing the other day how the architects picked up cues both from the building at Quincy and New Hampshire (directly behind this one in the pictures) as well as the two buildings across the street, including the new Park Place apartments. To me, the dark brick columns interspersed with columns of windows are a modern take on the older buildings on the intersection, while the round windows echo the curve of the south side of Park Place.

  • It’s alright, nothing special. About what you’d expect in that general area, which is mostly populated by people who have bigger worries than architectural appreciation.

    • Excuse me, sir. If you’ll stand aside, I’ll mop up some of that condescension that’s dripping from your post.

    • John, You sound like a worrier. Some people are worriers and some people aren’t. Nothing will change that fact. I appreciate that architectural appreciation ranks low, presumably, among the things you worry about. There are certainly more important things for all human-kind (the worrier types like you) to worry about than architectural appreciation. Hunger, justice, war, bigotry, racism… I hope you will use you worrying ways on these more important subjects.

    • +1. Obviously the truth is hard to swallow for a few people here.

  • Thumbs up! That building went up fast and I have no complaints about the looks. It would have been preferable for it to have some street level retail, but not every building needs it. It certainly looks more appealing than the building above Maybe Organic Market and the 3Tree building!

  • I think it is wonderful. And it looks like the developer is getting a good start on the other spots of that block it has. It will be exciting to sit in the old Billy Simpson’s restaurant having dinner while we watch them build the new Safeway.

  • Very, very nice.

    Hopefully all the development will lead to some very interesting bars and restaurants opening.(No diss)

  • I don’t particularly love the building, but I do think it is a solid addition to the neighborhood. Not a thumbs all the way up, but definitely not a thumbs down.

  • I suppose it’s OK, but I see a million new buildings just like that in every city I travel to. I know it’s expensive to go for a more unique look. I guess I expect too much from the Capital of capitalism.

  • This is definitely a thumbs up. Way way up.

  • I think it is quite a handsome dwelling and quite a welcome addition to Petworth. I hope they add some lovely landscaping around the edges!

  • More GENERIC dc architecture. Insert lame douchebags up top. Insert potbelly and independantly owned restaurants that look and feel like chains at the base.

  • Nice addition to GA Ave. Apartments or condos? Would be nice to see retail fill in across the street at Park Place. GA Ave still has a way to go but making progress.

  • Surprised to see all of the raves here. I mean, it stands, so congrats on that, but it’s unremarkable in every respect.

    I’ll be disappointed when there’s an identical looking building standing on the Safeway site in a couple of years.

  • It does some things right, some things wrong. It’s a good piece of contemporary architecture in that you can get a sense of its function, the way the glass bays communicate how we live. It’s a comfortable, accessible piece of architecture.
    Where it falls short is the lack of any horizontal elements to recognize the context or scale of the surrounding buildings. It makes no attempt to add to the unity of the neighborhood, except with a nod to red brick. What’s left is the odd attempt to create an oxy-moronic “soaring” 6-story building.

    • Exactly. I wanted to like it, but eh. Doesn’t mean it isn’t a welcome addition to the neighborhood!

  • The corner windows are not offensive. What will really make or break the building’s contribution to the neighborhood is what happens to the retail space at ground level. Across the street, there’s a fancy schmancy new apartment building but as I walk out of the metro all I see is trash littered sidewalks and empty shop windows. The apts may have granite/stainless-steel/subway-tile but from the outside it’s unpleasant to be around…a place to walk away from, not hang out in.

    • No ground level retail here.

      I only wish Eatmore Fried Chicken would be 1) open in the evening and 2) serve fried chicken as awesome as their sign.

  • Ooh, I love these picture puzzles! The second picture has a guy walking in in the lower right corner, and the first one does not. That’s all I could find.

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