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  • Accountering

    I don’t hate it… Much better looking than the Ella! Love the additional units close to transit, and in a desirable neighborhood!

    • Ha, that was my initial reaction…don’t hate it.

    • Could you imagine living next to it though?

      • what would be the problem?

        • Yeah, I never get this argument. I live next to the ugliest house on the block. The owner has been renovating it for 10+ years and never quite finishes anything – including the front porch or facade. You can see through the front windows that the first floor doesn’t exist and is just a holding space for construction debris. The back is bizarre and he’s done weird stuff right next to my deck. It just so doesn’t affect me at all. I mean, if it was falling down it would, but its hideousness doesn’t have anything to do with me.

          • Maybe you have an unusually contained sense of aesthetics. Me, I wouldn’t want to look at an ugly house next door every time I came home, or every time I was outside my house.

          • Except this isn’t ugly. It’s taller than the buildings next to it, but it looks like they’re keeping with the general aesthetics of the neighborhood, and this isn’t far from much taller buildings in Noma (think it’s about 2 blocks from Senate Square and H Street). From the street, it wouldn’t look much different from anything else.

          • Look at what the back yards of the neighbors have become – a mammoth brick wall now stands abutting their property where there was once open space. Understand now?

          • I was responding to anon 5:45 pm, who said that he lives next to the ugliest house on the block and it doesn’t bother him.
            This pop-up is much better than a lot of others, and I like that the architect has made an effort to make it fit in with the surrounding buildings… but it still takes what used to be a uniform roofline and messes it up, and it gives its neighbors shadows and a brick wall to look at where once there was light.

      • Accountering

        Sure, no problem whatsoever. I own a house in Petworth, and it wouldn’t bother me terribly if my next door neighbor did this. These are already three above ground floors, and they just added two more. Not a big deal.

    • +1. Assuming they paint it to match, I have no issues with this at all.

    • It looks like a larger building is eating a smaller one, but it could be worse. I don’t think “pop-up” is quite the phrase to detail what’s happening there though.

  • Is that brick cladding on the exterior? Holy cow, I’m actually kind of impressed if it is. I’m assuming the whole thing will be painted the same color, in which case it might not look to shabby.

  • It is brick cladding. I think they want the popup to look good until the rest of the neighborhood catches up to its height… if it ever does.
    The sign out front says the units start from $599k for 2 br.

  • looks good to me.

  • I don’t hate it, but I think they should paint the to one to match. Reminds me a little of houses “doggie style.”

    • I think they will paint to match. My biggest gripe is that the addition looks a bit out-of-proportion with the original facade (though maybe it’s just the angle?)

  • If I have one complaint, it’s that the original moldings from the top of the original buildings will so clearly demarcate that this is a pop-up. I wish it was fully integrated. Honestly, though, it’s our own fault that these pop-ups exist. In a city where developments like the new St. Thomas’, the Hines School and the MacMillian Sand Filtration site get henpecked and litigated to death, it’s natural that developers are going to look at projects like these as an alternative that doesn’t require ridiculous concessions and frequent legal battles to get completed. DC, you get the city you deserve.

  • U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi. You UGLY.

  • Oh my _od this building is not the same as it was 50 years ago!

  • I agree with others that that it could be worse. I think a large majority of the pop ups I’m seeing are horrid and devalue the historic aesthetics and character that are unique to DC. Not all of our hoods will ever look as manicured and historically maintained as Georgetown, but but it’s annoying that the development standards are so weak in other parts of the city. I definitely care what’s being built on and around my street for several reasons…one of which I’ll happily admit is resell value/return on investment, and I doubt that the people who claim not to care would be singing the same tune when its time to sell. Just saying…

  • Well, this very dramatic photo was taken from what — a building across the street that is much much taller?

    Context is important.

    • I live around the corner on F. This photo looks like it was taken from the Kaiser building on 2nd NE.

      Don’t get me wrong, it’s damn big, but this angle exaggerates the height a bit. It doesn’t look as dramatic in person.


  • #ugly. #toobadforthecity

  • If it’s 4 2BR units @ $600k plus office space, DC can now fit 2x the neighbors and probably 4x the tax base in a TOD location. Don’t you like neighbors? Don’t you like better services/lower rates? Don’t you want less car dependence?

    Aesthetically, the setback on the 4th floor is really important. It tapers the building back from the street, so it doesn’t seem to loom to the sidewalk. From the curb, the 2-story rowhouses will block a lot of the exposed acreage on the side of the building, and the peak of the adjacent one gives the eye something to follow up to its higher neighbor. I like the stone headers over the windows, too: integrates with local architecture.

  • Why are there no windows?

    • Perhaps windows on the party walls are considered inadvisable (and even may be prohibited by building codes) given the problems they would create if/when the neighbors want to build pop-ups of their own?

  • janie4

    From an architectural point of view, I’m actually impressed – they duplicated the molding line and the detail over the windows, most of the windows fit in character with the other houses in terms of size and they went with brick facade almost everywhere.

    In terms of the lot, it looks like they must have built back almost to the lot line. It’s their land, and not everyone likes green, but they’ve massively altered the light pattern of the houses next door. It looks like the one next to it is commercial however, so that’s a little better, but I’d hate to live in the houses two and three doors down.

    All in all, if you’re going to pop up, this is the way to do it.

  • brookland_rez

    Looks like it’s giving the middle finger to the rest of the neighborhood. Just kidding….. Actually it looks halfway decent with the way they used brick in the construction.

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