Posh New Condos or Soviet Barracks?

by Prince Of Petworth February 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm 12 Comments

IMG_6745, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I was a little thrown by the pea green color but on closer inspection I feel these condos have a bit of barracks look to them. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

  • 14thandYou

    Thumbs down.

    Our company’s IT guy has a name for this color: baby poo green. Also gotta love the Econo Lodge-style metal doors.

  • Anonymous


  • modernism has its place….that’s all i’m going to say, interpret that as you will

  • Geezer

    I like the earthiness and reserve of the color, the presence of a front garden, the building’s scale and the clear connection to the traditional bay front, DC Victorian. Thumbs way up, but I agree the instituinal door detracts from the effect.

  • Anonymous

    If these are the residences on 10th street, they’ve actually been there for several years…

  • Adams Morgan

    Posted a simliar comment about the row house, but this whole boxy-design of things is gross and will be hideous in 25 years. Just think about all that bad late 60s, early 70s architecture that plagues a lot of federal and state buildings and that’s what this crap is going to resemble in 25 years.

  • GforGood

    Thumbs way up. Looks very nice. And if they are maintained well, will likely stand the test of time too. The door good be nicer, granted.

  • Toby

    Yes, it does have a certain Soviet look to it. Ya have to have been there to know it. But baby poo green? So true.

  • Eric

    I like it well enough. Wouldn’t want an entire city of this style of modernist design, but I think it is a nice mix. I get very bored with the standard row house design here. I think it is nice to have some variety.

  • bogfrog

    I like green

  • slomo

    Bright, clean, and fun. Love the subtle variations in color among the three. And the lighting looks really tight over the terrace and in the cool awnings of the outside two. This over emphasizing of crisp, neat lines sort of compensates for the inevitable sloppiness lurking nearby. It all balances out.

  • Those look like the residences on 10th St NW, and they do grow on you the more you walk past them….but they’re not outstanding or anything, just not bad. Something about the simplicity of the steps and doors diminishes their appearance for me, but everything else works.


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