Check Out the Pop Up at 9th and H St, NE


This one is located right across the street from Chupacabre on 9th Street just north of H. Thumbs up or down?


Here’s how it looked in August:


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  • Presumably they’ll paint the brick.

  • Ugh, the siding.

  • justinbc

    Looks like it still has a good bit more to go before completion, kind of hard to judge currently. At least they copied the window pattern? But yeah, all that siding covering up what was presumably brick on the side before, yuck.

  • Down. its hideous. For the love of vinyl, why couldn’t they just add more windows?

    • I was wondering about that – why the tiny tiny windows on the side?

      • Maybe they intentionally wanted only smaller windows high up on the walls of the rooms – that way you get the light, but there is less chance of anyone looing in, and there’s more wall space for art or TVs or furniture. And maybe they decided they didn’t need a good view of the alley.

    • Almost certainly for structural reasons, brick in a lot of these older homes isn’t just a decorative facade. You’ll notice a lot of alley-facing sides of end units don’t have many windows in many parts of the city. Yes, they could have created more windows and reinforced the rest, but that gets expensive rather quickly. I’m assuming it would cut severely in the profit margin on this condo conversion.

      • I always assumed the lack of windows on the alley units had more to do with zoning about windows along a property line.
        I guess I don’t buy the structural argument in general, there are plenty of end unit row houses, not to mention detached homes, with lots of large windows on all sides. For this place, I could believe that it’s not structurally very sound.

        • I live in that block. No structural reasons, the interior was completely demolished only the facade (barely) survived.

    • Small/few windows is simply an issue of cost. If you think these flippers are putting anything above the bare minimum into your new condo you are quite mistaken. It’s all about squeezing ever cent of profit now and leaving an ugly structure behind which likely need repairs in 3 years time

      • Absolutely agree. This is not a structural issue. The windows make almost no difference. Half of that exterior wall could be windows and it would make no difference to the structure. It’s all about the cost of the windows. Personally, I wouldn’t buy a place where the builder is so concerned about costs that he reduces the size of the windows because he doesn’t want to pay for normal size windows.

        • All wrong. Windows on the alley side that abut right up the the property line must be a percentage of the overall surface area. Not sure what the code requirement is for this particular case but that could be the reason why.

  • An instant classic, two thumbs way up on this one.

  • I am thinking that this one has promise – despite the siding choice. If they run the brick up and paint it this will be OK and not be the people example people point to of what NOT to do.

  • Charmless.

  • jim_ed

    I actually don’t hate it from the front, but the vinyl siding…. woof. Also, why wouldn’t you relocate the electric meter from the front? That looks terrible.

  • Obviously unfinished but I’d say the early indicators — especially that siding — are looking bad.

  • I don’t like that the windows were moved up, and now they are not in alignment with the rest of the block.

  • I’ve never seen anyone able to make good use of the space in the little bump out area. I would rather have a flat wall there than have that nook. They also good have added larger / more windows on that alley wall to allow interior light.

    • “They also good have added larger / more windows on that alley wall to allow interior light.”
      Pretty sure that’s not even legal to do when there’s no set back (unless the windows were original features on the house….doubt it). Where the hell is the DCRA? They’ve utterly abrogated their duties.

      • It wouldn’t be legal if this lot abutted an empty lot… but I thought it was legal if the house borders an actual alley.

  • Could someone with knowledge comment on how much something like this (gut all, redo complete with added level) costs (maybe per sqft)? Also, how much does it cost to do it aesthetically and architecturally clever rather than a poor construction design-built? Thanks

  • No me gusta. Personally I would fee like an a**hole living in that house.
    Sidenote – what are the odds that somebody spray paints the vinyl siding?

  • Not a fan. The siding is bleh and why not more windows on the alley? It’s rare to have the opportunity to install side windows, take advantage of it!

  • It’s the pop-OUT I hate most. An elephant trunk running down the facade. What was wrong with the windows that were already there?

    I don’t think the fire code prohibits windows in the sides of buildings that stand some distance apart from their neighbors. The intention is to inhibit the spread of fire from one structure to another. Just don’t see why that would be a problem here.

    The rehabber did install windows, in fact, but they look like those horizontal sliding windows in 1960s ramblers, totally out of place for this kind of building and neighborhood, and out of scale in the large walls into which they were installed. Nothing about them makes sense.

  • Down because of the sizes of the windows. That entire wall onto the alley could have had bigger than those portholes, and the front bay windows could have actually been gorgeous bay windows, and instead they’re narrow and split into little pieces. Also agreed with others re: ugly siding.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Those tall, skinny pop-ups always freak me out a little. They look as if they might just fall over one day, like a domino.

  • My eyes just vomited.

  • i’m assuming that part of the reason for a lack of windows on the side is that there is a staircase there.

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