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  • This is how historic (or hysteric) districts get created. I’d be so pissed if I were the next door neighbor.

  • Emmaleigh504

    This doesn’t look that bad to me, though there is still plenty of time to fug it up.

    • I don’t think it’s unattractive. In fact, I think it’s quite handsome, but it doesn’t fit in AT ALL with the block and sticks out too far beyond the front plane of the other houses. That’s what I would hate if I lived next door.

  • Looks like a McMansion architect from Ashburn must have found work in the city…

  • They should have kept the facade and put this in the back.

  • christanel

    I think it looks great – new and different. The other rowhouses all lined-up are pretty boring.

  • iiiit’s fugly… no details, colors are off, absolutely no harmony with the other buildings in the street… FUG-LY!

  • Chantilly, VA meets Lanier Heights. so sad.

  • This would have been so easy to fix, too! Just continue the architectural details from the facade of the house, and put in some windows. Why do people try to make things ugly on purpose?

  • Common guys how can you knock it? It has the requisite pop-up with vinyl siding right from the get go. All jokes aside I like the windows but I’m betting it will be ass ugly when its done.

  • Can’t say I love it. But, it does create more housing for the area. If we aren’t going to repeal the hight limit, we are going to have squeeze more development into existing neighborhoods through these retrofits.

  • It doesn’t have to “match” and I don’t begrudge building out to every allowable square inch, annoying as it may be, and I do embrace modern design. But this is just bad design. All those little windows – like a stack of dominoes, or an evil tooth fairy gloating over her collection that she didn’t leave a dime for.

    • +1 Agreed. On the plus side, they were actually quite sensitive to the horizonal continutity of the levels and scale of the windows. However pushing so far beyond ht existing streetwall eliminates all grace to the entrance, and creates a completely inward focused space.

      This building tells the neighborhood “Everyone inside couldn’t care less about what is happening on the street in front of the building.” Ironic, because the lower level people will feel completely exposed to the sidewalk without the transitional, defensible, semi-public stoop that the other houses enjoy.

  • At least this building wont have ugly air conditioners sticking out the windows.

    But would have been wonderful if it wasnt sticking out in the front so much and was at the same distance as the other buildings.

    What DC needs is laws prohibiting single family units being converted in to multifamily units. This creates problems for the whole neighborhood – Parking, congestion, noise etc.

    • Sure, because that law wouldn’t have any unintended consequences. With that kind of foresight, you should run for office.

    • Disagree. We need more density in this city. Converting old single family homes is a good way to do it.

      That being said, I am not a fan of this conversion (or the one at 13th and Euclid) and wish they did a more thoughtful job.

  • I think it’s too early to judge the building. If you look at the renderings, it all ties together nicely once complete.

    • “pop out” – that’s a good term!

      seriously though, architectural beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but couldn’t they at least have lined up the front of the building with the others? by popping it forward like that, the rhythm of the row is killed.

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