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Reader Nominated Horse’s Ass Award – 1400 Block A St, SE

by Prince Of Petworth April 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm 17 Comments

Dear PoPville,

I’d like to nominate a property for the Horse’s Ass Award. This building on the 1400 block of A Street, SE has been in the process of being renovated over the last couple of years. Someone posted several months earlier on neighbor concerns and the legality of the renovations. The work seems to have stopped recently.

This is a real eyesore to the block. Note the different bricks on the front of the house and the shoddy second floor addition. The other picture shows the hideous roof line to this house. Several neighbors jokingly expressed disappointment that the earthquake felt this past summer didn’t topple down the ugly addition.

  • Anonymous

    The addition looks like crap but maybe they were planning on painting the bricks therefore it wouldn’t matter if they matched or not.

  • John

    Not only is it an eyesore, it looks downright unsafe. Did the owners even contract a licensed contractor? I’m not sure what’s worse… the asymmetrical windows up front, the cinder blocky back, the shoddy roof, or the pop-up’s “overhangs” over the gaps.

    I’d say condemn it

    • They posted the stop work order on this place months ago. The property’s owner is also the owner of the Park Cafe at Lincol Park and it is clear that he does not have the means to have this place built to code.

      • John

        This really takes DIY to a whole new level…If he didn’t have the means, then why did he start the reno? How on Earth did DCRA, the ANC and others (i’m not sure if this is part of the historical district) approve of this?

        Judging by the Google street view (which I’m sure is a couple of years old by now), this used to be a charming little rowhouse. Now, it needs to be demolished… What a shame considering that homeowners usually have to jump through so many hoops to do even minor alterations to their homes and this buffoon was able to create this wreck of a reno.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap! People get hassled nearly to death by DCRA for something like a gate in their back yard, yet this monstrosity is allowed to go this far?

  • Anon

    I think you have it all wrong – it isn’t a renovation, it’s an example of outsider art.

  • frickorfrack

    How Lincoln Park Cafe stays open is a mystery. the food is not good and there is rarely anyone in their. The owner is from Chile? i believe. This place is a monstrosity and until only recently DCRA has blatantly ignored it. I wonder why?

  • ETD

    Oh my gosh! I almost bought this house 5 years ago! It was a cute and tiny two bedroom. It also had a large garage and long yard in the back. It was well renovated, and a great alternative to a condo. I can’t believe how horrible it has become!

  • Anonymous

    Third world CHIC.

  • Anonymous

    in what universal did this look good on paper? everyday people amaze me.

    • SF

      Judging by the shoddy, disjointed work– there was no paper. No drawings, no plans, nothing. Existed in some dude’s head. Like a child building a treehouse.

      Bring in the wrecking ball.

  • LMAO

    This reminds me of the favelas in Rio.

  • ET

    Obviously a glaring example of someone who thought they could get in the real estate business and who didn’t have a minimum level of understanding or common sense/decency. Seriously if he/she though this could be flipped and someone would buy it while clearly looking at the front with that weird and possibly illegal 3rd floor is stupid. I don’t know much but I could have done a better job with this. Good flippers do as little as possible (hopefully well) and turn it over – fast.

  • TonyS

    this is a proper horses ass. many of the past “nominees” have just been projects that have been held up by litigation etc. but this is just lazy and ugly and its going to be there for a very long time.

  • andrew.w

    Is it just my eyes or does the pop-up/out actually cut into the roof-line of the house to the right?

    I would have been speaking up VERY LOUDLY if this thing was going up next door to me. If the neighbors did…well DCRA certainly wasn’t listening.

  • Mike

    Where is Mike Holmes when you need him?

  • tear it down. put it out of its misery!


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