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  • I don’t know if that counts as a pop-up, but it’s fantastic!

  • Blithe

    Definitely a contender! Nicely done.

  • But you should see the back & inside of this place! They popped out back about 1000 feet! The bathrooms are probably 300 sq. ft. – entirely marble – looks like a mausoleum with a crypt for a tub.

    • Blithe

      Thanks victoria. So I guess I’ll switch my opinion from “nicely done” to Very glad they tried to maintain the aesthetic and the integrity of the original row house roof lines.

  • No talent. No taste.

  • nice… and for sale?

  • IMO, the different-colored “shingles” look really fake.

  • While not bad, it still ruined the roofline of the block.

    • I don’t understand this comment: “ruined the roofline of the block.” If the rest of the block popped-up to match the higher roofline, would that satisfy your aesthetic sensibilities?

      • I can’t speak for Anonymous 9:54 am, but for me, actually, it might. (See the posting from the other day about the four consecutive houses on Girard between Sherman and Georgia.)
        The problem is that pop-ups tend to be done individually, rather than en masse. So even if every single house on that side of the street were to be popped up, odds are it would be a hodgepodge of styles and quite possibly of heights as well.

        • textdoc, although your comments generally take an anti-pop-up stance, they show a degree of thoughtfulness which is absent from the typical anti-pop-up diatribes on PoP and other blogs. Have you ever considered writing a longer and thoroughgoing critique on the many varied aspects of pop-ups? I am not a fan of every pop-up but most don’t seem to warrant the scorn and contempt heaped upon them. I’m more pro-homeowner-rights / homeowner choice than pro-pop-up and I’m curious (or should I say bewildered?) about the violent reactions some folks have to pop-ups.

      • Blithe

        I agree with textdoc. DC, Baltimore, and, I think Philly, have blocks of rowhouses — which, to me, seem integral to the architectural identity of the cities. If it’s nicely done (ie. not the Ella or the Ava or whatever), a pop-up or pop-out in a block of free-standing houses or even rowhouses that are already very different from each other wouldn’t bother me, or wouldn’t bother me as much as an anomaly that shatters the roofline and aesthetic integrity of a block of identical rowhouses does. If an identical row of two story houses became a row if identical-ish three story houses, capturing the architectural details that made the row a presence, I’d probably applaud.

    • OH THE HUMANITY. Not the pooooooooooor roofline!

  • Add his one to the long list of pop-ups that successfully blend in. OH, WAIT, THERE ISN’T A LIST of pop-ups that blend in. Only a VERY short list of the handful that stick out.

  • I’m not taking sides in the popup wars, but I’m curious as to why only the small window is brown when nothing else on the house is. That stands out to me more than the pop itself!

  • Anonomnom

    Haters gonna hate. I am not a general fan of pop-ups, but you can’t hate categorically, there are exceptions that are well done and this is one of them. (caveat: haven’t seen what they’ve done to the back, so this is front only.”. And “ruined the roof line of the block” – Pah-lease! Its one house away from a 4-5 story building!

  • this is nicely done. but i think the best one i’ve seen yet (i think from what i can tell it’s still somewhat in progress) is at 1524 ogden st nw. very well blended into the look of the neighborhood and they even put brick on the visible side of the vertical extension.

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