If It’s a Pop Up, It’s a Really Good One

This one from Capitol Hill looks seamless. My untrained eye kept looking at the side to see if the bricks changed at all but I couldn’t notice any difference. What do you think – pop up or original?

Close ups after the jump.

10 Comment

  • Looks original

  • They probably re-bricked the entire side as it looks like it was attached to another unit at some point.

  • It looks original… from what I can discern, these rowhouse builders offered design options for new homebuyers back in the day, so this makes perfect sense. I’ve also seen this particular style “pop-up” around the city on this particular style of rowhouse.

  • Even if it’s original, it’s aesthetic inspiration for those of us that dream of having a beautiful pop-up one day.

  • It looks great! And it could be improved if they add some windows on every floor.

  • Looks like they re-bricked the entire side to me as well. Would look amazing with some additional windows. Wonder why most of these end houses dont have them?

    • I’m not so sure about the rebricking. The mortar looks dirty and worn away. The bottom few feet looks like it has been repointed. So, I would say it’s original. I have also wondered why there aren’t more windows on these walls. I imagine it was a structural issue. My alley wall does have three windows in it, but more would be nice.

  • anon. gardener

    Re: windows, two guesses: they assumed the lot next door would be developed eventually, so why waste money on windows OR it was for privacy, so you don’t overlook your neighbors. The historic buildings in my home town have no windows on one side for the privacy reason – so you wouldn’t overlook your neighbor’s garden.

  • Its a pop up, but an old one. This was more common throughout history in DC then people might realize. We’ve used them as examples for the HPRB hearings when an owner in a historic district want to add one (with approved design control, of course). Many of the 1870s built two story houses had a Mansard roof, third floor addition put on in the 1880s to get more space (and as finances allowed). Good examples of this is three such houses on the south side of the 1400 block of S Street, NW.

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