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Old Posted Jul 20, 2010, 8:54 PM
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i spied this lovely gem a few years ago when it was under construction up off of devon avenue on chicago's far northside. it has these unusual painted animal relief panels stuck all over the damn place, along with just generally shitty everything else.



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Old Posted Jul 20, 2010, 10:13 PM
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There are ALOT of strange and ugly houses in Pittsburgh but this one really weirded me out.



Wow!
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Yeah, that far north side house is pretty much the tackiest god awful thing Ive ever seen, yuck.
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Villa Taj - Burr Ridge, IL
The asking price was originally around $30 million, although I don't think it has sold yet.

Photos from Villa Taj's photo gallery



It's about as inviting as the US embassy in Baghdad.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2010, 5:54 AM
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So many of the homes posted here are kitschy and kind of great. IMO, the truly awful ones are those McMansions Muppet posted; you can't even appreciate them in an ironic way.

Steely, that house on Devon is uh-mazing. I have to see it in person. Do you remember the intersection by any chance?
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2010, 6:18 AM
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Chicago has some really bad infill in places. These are what come to mind. There 3 identical POSs in this photo


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And spiral staircases in a Northern city that gets a lot of snow and ice, WTF!
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Was that the home of the Watts Towers guy?
Wrong LA.



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I actually think this one is kinda nice. It's well-proportioned, has a limited but striking palette of materials, and lots of well-done masonry details, including the corbeled chimney. Best of all, the side walls are face brick and not CMU - and they have a regular pattern! The only problem I see is at the door, where there's no lintel.

The fact that it has pilasters and Juliet balconies doesn't make it a bad design. Imagine it without such accoutrements, and it starts to be appealing even to a Modernist sensibility. That god-awful checkered thing two doors down, however, is a f*cking crime against humanity, especially considering that it appears to be a radical reconstruction of an older Chicago common-brick building. The red-brick thing is pretty awful, too.
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All my weird houses come from Seattle. Not that there aren't a number here, too. This one was 3 or 4 blocks from my old apartment in Beacon Hill - it was kind of like the "Cousin Oliver" in a sea of "Brady Bunch" houses.



The house itself is fine, it's the bushes that kind of throw everything off.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2010, 9:01 AM
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Villa Taj - Burr Ridge, IL




It's about as inviting as the US embassy in Baghdad.
That is FRIGHTENING.
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Villa Taj - Burr Ridge, IL
The asking price was originally around $30 million, although I don't think it has sold yet.

Photos from Villa Taj's photo gallery



It's about as inviting as the US embassy in Baghdad.
$30 million?!?! Does it come with servants? A solid gold bath tub??? I know Burr Ridge is an affluent neighborhood and houses simply cost more being there, but I couldn't see someone of non-arabic or non-indian descent plopping down even half the money for this monstrosity.
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Steely, that house on Devon is uh-mazing. I have to see it in person. Do you remember the intersection by any chance?
it's directly on devon avenue, on the northside of the street, immediately west of the edens overpass, i don't remember the exact cross street, but if you're driving west on devon, as soon as you cross over the overpass, just start looking at the houses on the northside of the street and i guarantee that you won't miss it.



EDIT- i found it on google maps, it's the NW corner of devon and longmeadow.


here's the google streetview of the finished product:


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AH, thank you so much! And look at those rocks!
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There are ALOT of strange and ugly houses in Pittsburgh but this one really weirded me out.

Wow!
Did you take that image?
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A few that I hate:

This pyramid house near my grandparent's place outside of Las Vegas:


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And closer to home is this poor house in Woods Cross, UT. It looks like it got the way that it is through at least 20 different ill-conceived, do-it-yourself expansions:


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I think it may be a polygamist's home. There are a few of them scattered around northern Utah and they tend to live in enormous, odd looking homes that they build themselves.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2010, 8:39 PM
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I forgot the address of this silly house but it's in Salt Lake City. Definitely not the worst one here but I've laugh every time I see it.

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That pyramid's kind of cool in a kitschy way. So is the house on Devon and the porcelain home (hope it's not on a fault line).

Muppet's McMansions are by far the worst things on this thread right now.
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I forgot the address of this silly house but it's in Salt Lake City. Definitely not the worst one here but I've laugh every time I see it.

There's an interesting story about that tower that I don't recall anymore. It used to be part of a girl's school or something and someone bought the land and built a house around it. It doesn't look like they did a very good job.
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Looks like something u/c in some awful corner of the former Yugoslavia. Pure terrible. The poor neighbors.
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This one isn't bad at all. Seriously. Did you post this by accident? I'll take 20 of these over those terrible low-pitched roof double-height garage 2-flats you posted anyday.
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