Originally Posted by photolitherland
Well, the bottom two floors at least are good. What is this historical overlay? Is it a regulation saying that all buildings have to fit in with their historic surroundings?
Overlay is zoning jargon, meaning it's designated a historic district while overlay means the underlying zoning still applies.
Being in a historic district means new construction would be subject to OP/HPO (office of planning / historic preservation office) and HPRB (historic preservation review board) critique.* But I think the most significant factor would be that the original townhouses on the site wouldn't have been razed.
*this is nothing...Dupont Circle would additionally involve the Dupont Conservancy, while Georgetown would fall under the auspices of the CFA (commission of fine arts) and the OGB (old georgetown board). DC is a blast to work in.
Originally Posted by Cirrus
Yeah, I'm not much of a fan of that one. Too much mixing of unrelated styles. They got a lot wrong.
But one thing they did pretty well is the ground floor. The bright color and detailed cornice is something a lot of otherwise better buildings leave out. A little bit of a stoop would have helped, though.
Yeah, in terms of sidewalk frontage it's quite nice, but above is still inside a pedestrians' peripheral vision, so it just jumps out even if you're not deliberately looking up at it.