Judging Pop Ups – 13th and Walter St, SE

I think a reader may have sent this one in a while ago but I recently passed it and thought this was a pretty good example of a good looking pop up. Almost all the times I see them set back, I tend to like them. And it also provides a sweet outdoor area!

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  • Well the exterior isn’t aluminum, so there’s a start.

  • This is actually on 13th and not on walter. However, since it is in the Capitol Hill Historic District and they don’t allow (recent) popups, this is either original or has to be older.

    • The house itself looks much more modern than it’s neighbors. Maybe the historic rules don’t apply? I’ve always been curious about that: do designations on historic neighborhoods say anything about new construction?

      • Built in 1978 which is around the same time that some of the houses on C st nearby were constructed. It was renovated in 2008. I don’t know for a fact, but maybe the rules don’t apply to newer construction (post 1970s?) . I know a lot of the houses around there are early 20th century row homes.

    • For a bit of clarification, and after just designing a full third-story pop-up to a 1950’s row near Eastern Market and roof deck on an 1880’s East Capitol Row, the historic rules are not so black and white. Pop-ups and roof top structures are allowed on any historic house or neighborhood as long as they can’t easily be viewable from the public right-of-way (e.g. standing on sidewalk across the street). Structures that are not within the ‘period of significance’ (the span of time defined for each neighborhood by DC Historic) still have to be reviewed and approved by DC Historic but they can be changed and enlarged as long as they continue to be in scale and complimentary with the current streetscape.

      Remember Historic in DC are designated street by street and can skip over some blocks. Check out the DC website propertyquest.dc.gov to know if a specific address is in a Historic District

  • The house itself looks comparatively modern (maybe 1960s? 1970s?), so I think the pop-up blends more easily because the architectural styles are only decades apart.

    • I’m guessing it was designed and built in the 70s as a three-story house rather than being the victim of a pop-up. BTW, it looks like the neighboring house (210) also has a (more typical) pop-up.

  • The house isn’t all that attractive and the popup isn’t much better – though it is a an old popup. For me the house seems dark and inhospitable. The one on the immediate neighbor isn’t so hot either.

    I suspect this house and this popup were done before they started getting serious about historical standards and is a case of why they got serious.

    • I actually really like this house. It’s unique and I think both it and the pop up look very nice.

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