Saturday, June 25, 2016

South 6th

I've always liked this building. I think there was a facade removed some time ago; the brick was cleaned up and left bare. The trim was restored and painted, but allowed to fall into disrepair again. Just needs some attention.
This one just up from the other one is nice, but somehow lacking. Somewhat unadorned, could use some detailing.

This block is better than it used to be. Even when Weyerbacher was on this block, there were a lot of run down buildings. It's much better now that Dykes is here.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Little Off The Top?

These twins SHOULD have dormers, perhaps two each. But I imagine sometimes in the distant past, they were removed. Maybe a fire? Roof rotted beyond repair? Whichever, the contractor took the easy route and just removed them. 
Notice too the shorter Windows on the right side. Very common to replace older tall windows with cheaper shorter windows that are in stock. Ridiculous.

N 8th non-fraternal twins

Now, I know lots of twin homes don't 'match', but the color contrast between these two is glaring. The green one was painted recently, and the misaligned gutters really stand out.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Asymmetry in Wilson

This house is huge. I didn't get up too close to it, but to be honest it's not obvious if it was just once a twin. I can't figure out what's going on with the sided enclosure on the right side of the balcony; is it a bedroom? Why no window?
This is another example of poorly executed apartment conversions on grand old homes. The owners had no vision, at a time when it was just another 'old house'.
Anyway, it's ugly.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Busted window

I think this was on Ferry St. The house looks solid enough, but the concrete porch and wrought iron railing is pretty ugly. Just so barren looking. 
I imagine sometimes what so many of these homes looked like with their original porches, before they rotted away and were replaced with more durable concrete and metal.