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  • Looks like an infill project this community should love. Respects scale and massing of other structures on the block with brick exterior.

    Sad to see the mural gone but it was just covering the urban sore that was a vacant lot and former interior party wall that was never meant to be exposed to the elements.

    • I’m all for infill, but this is a great example of architecture that sorely stands out while trying oh-so-hard to fit in. I think this corner/block would have been better off with a building that doesn’t so obviously represent cheap simulcra going up all over the city.
      (With that said, this could’ve certainly been worse.)

      • Agreed. I never get why people are so against houses that stand out because they’re in a different, modern style. Given the choice, I’d so much rather have a sleek modernist glass box that at least tries to do its style well, rather than the chintzy suburban pastiche that mimics an old design without any of the craftsmanship.

  • Agreed; they did a great job with this one. Welcome to the neighborhood!

  • I do not see how this fits in to the rest of the row. The proportions are off, not to mention there is an additional level. They are no comparable window treatments or really any nice brick work. Let’s not kid ourselves, this is not even a brick house. It’s just a plywood house with a thin veneer of brick sheeting. It’s too bad, we used to be able to design and build beautiful buildings.

    • I agree. Our architecture standards are so low that we are happy there is no vinyl siding on the side of this building. Look how beautiful that row of houses is compare to this building.

    • I would never pay the additional labor and materials cost to build a house that looks exactly like my neighbors. If I did want to spend some extra money I would attempt to a more modern striking design–maybe 18 West 11st NYC but with intricately designed titanium sheeting on the outside. But You would also complain. Instead, what was built here is what happens when the city attempts to mandate similarity.

      • I don’t think this is in the historic district — if it were, it would look a lot more like its neighbors.

      • 18 W 11th is extremely ugly and misproportioned as is. I’m all for cantilevered projections but materials matter. Cheap brick siding looks cheap from any angle.

  • It doesn’t have a bunch of unnecessary colors and it fits well with the block, especially since it is on the end. Good job. Most block wouldn’t be so lucky.

  • They did a great job with the new mural! Kudos to the artist because it’s really awesome. I think the house looks good too. Not sure why everyone is so negative. It’s unrealistic to expect something built today to look just like something built so many years ago. It would be extremely expensive to match the materials, and the market would not bear the cost in this neighborhood. The house looks like many other homes built in the District – and it looks better than quite a few of them! I think there should be complements all around here.

  • I suspect every commenter on this thread is either a frustrated architect or amateur historic preservationist.
    Either that or suffering from a common form of D.C. architectural O.C.D. complicated by the usual inflated self-importance syndrome.
    The comments read like a typical ANC event. And by ANC I mean “Annoying Nimby Crybabies.”
    Looks pretty good from the outside. They didn’t even go for a roof deck.
    What more do you want? (Note: That is a rhetorical question).

    • Sure, build what you want. I still have the right to say it is ugly and poorly built, and do so without calling anyone names. Beyond the banal design, you don’t need to be an architect to see that the plywood sheeting beneath the fake brick facade has warped, causing the unevenness in the facade. I’m not a architect, but I’ve built and renovated a few houses so I’m neither a frustrated nor amateur builder.

    • “complicated by the usual inflated self-importance syndrome”
      Well, at least you seem to be self-aware.

  • I think that’s actually the first DC mural I’ve seen that isn’t terrible or mediocre. This is very good.

  • I walked up to the the guy having the house built and I asked him if he was going to keep that wall exposed in the house so he’d have the Marvin Gaye mural in his living room and he laughed at me and said no. I thought that would be really cool. Oh well.

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