House of the Day

When we first looked at this house as it was getting built there was a lot of negative reaction. I’m curious what folks think now that it’s been around a bit. This is from V St, NW between 13th and 14th. I’ll be honest, though I was more neutral than some at first, it’s grown on me tremendously. I’m really starting to dig it. For those who disliked it in the past, do you still feel the same way or has it grown on you as well?

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  • It’s grown on me as well. 🙂

  • I love this one.

  • yes, i would live there.

  • One of the things I love about this house, it’s on the end with no windows or neighbors living on one side. The reason why I like this hous not having windows on the side because I don’t have to worry about a peeping Tom or Mary. I could sleep well at night with my burgarly alarm on. LOL I wonder what the asking price is for this house? If I won the lottery, I would by it. I don’t like living down in the center part of Northwest because there’s a lot of congestion with traffic and parking. I would be nice if this home was in Crestwood, Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, North Portal, or 16th Street Heights.

  • I like it.

    Why do they not put a few more windows on the alley side of the building? It doesn’t look like anyone can put another building along that wall.

  • I had mixed feelings at first, but I like it. Hope to see more modern row houses in the city.

  • Great job. Modern interpretation.

  • Perfectly fine, but not for this block. This house belongs on 11th St., not in the historic district.

    • It isn’t really THAT historic. Most of the rowhouses in the area are old, but there’s a big development of faux-historic looking places a block away.. and behind the alley is the union row development (where I live) and it’s got that whole modern-industrial vibe going on.

      It does stick out in that particular strip of rowhouses, will give you that!

  • The house itself is attractive.

    I’m not sure yet how I feel about it in the context of the rest of the block. At least it’s an end unit, so it’s not as disruptive as if it were somewhere in the middle.

    I like that the placement of the door and the window bay is the same as for the neighboring houses. (In contrast, the major renovation at 2714 Ontario Road has its door on the “wrong” side vis-à-vis its neighbors, one of the many ways in which it seems to be giving the finger to the rest of the 2700 block of Ontario.)

    Like others, I’m wondering why there are no windows on the alley side of the house. I can understand not having them at ground level, but I’m surprised they didn’t add some on the second or third floors.

    Is this house on the north side of the street, or the south? If it’s on the north side, then the mostly-empty wall would face west, and western light can be kind of harsh. But if it faces east, it seems like some upstairs windows would’ve been really nice.

    • It faces south, so I guess it’s on the north side of the street. The alley side literally just looks on to a brick wall and the entrance to a parking garage. Maybe they figured the ‘view’ wasn’t worth it..

  • I was just commenting the other day on how much I like this house. I’d kill for that rooftop.

  • I most appreciate that they built a 21st century house that clearly is trying to be part of the neighborhood without being a half-hearted attempt to pretend to be a 19th century original. The red brick, the raised first floor, and the front bay window are all good adaptations of the historical styles in a modern setting. However I think the massive winodws were probably not the best choice – yes the resident will want the light, but if they ever open all those window treatments, the house will be visible to the street like a stage set.

  • I like it alot. I think it has a little slit of a window on the alley, doesn’t it?

  • Fine, I’ll be the naysayer. I’m not a fan of the outside, for the most part. Color me crazy, but given the neighboring buildings, it doesn’t suit my taste, unfortunately. I hate to say this because it’s done and I’m sure someone put a lot of money into it. I’m guessing that they really like modern and wanted to pursue making a modern home, which they did. I suspect the inside is probably quite lovely and quite modern, I’d guess, because I think the owners do pay attention to detail, e.g., the front patio space, pretty landscaping. Although one shouldn’t necessarily have to think about their home in the context of their neighbor’s home, here is an instance where I think it makes a bit of difference. Being the only modern home in that line of semi-detached older/traditional home line-up makes it stick out (but not necessarily for the right reasons). I have an appreciation for older homes as well as modern homes. Small issue as this might seem, if this were on the other side of the alley, this modern-style home would have been better suited on that side because the building on that side seems to be more compatible with the modern-style the house is going for. The alleyway then would be like a comma, a pause, between the old and the new. I wish there were more windows (I know the front has got a ton of them) but the interior still might not be all that light-filled (you need cross exposures to flood a place with light). They may not have wanted windows on the alley side, either for privacy or structural issues, but I’d feel too walled in. It would be interesting to see the interior. Maybe it doesn’t feel this way at all from the inside. I would have preferred to keep the exterior old and leave the modern details for the inside in this case.

  • I walk by this everyday and always have thought that it looks great. I’m very envious of their rooftop deck.

  • I walk by it every morning and evening on my work commute as I live at Union Row. Not sure what all the fuss was about it. Yes it is modern but the design is in keeping with the size of the rest of the rowhouses on V St NW. I like it!!!!

  • This was designed by Arcadia Design ( The lot was owned by PN Hoffman who acquired it while building Union Row. HPRB encouraged them to go modern. The project was unanimously approved by the ANC and local historic groups. Hoffman then sold the approved design and permitted construction documents to another developer.

    The house as completed is slightly taller than the originally approved design, the top parapet was to allign with the adjoining row houses. Though on the alley, the side wll is a “party” wall and it is difficult to get windows approved in DC, as well as the lack of a view there. The first floor is one large loft-like open space.

  • Could use more windows on the side, but I guess they’re allowed their privacy

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