Tell Me Your Pop-Up Stories
One thing I've noticed after a couple years of watching neighborhood blogs and listservs: Few architectural features generate more ire than "pop-ups," as the additions of one floor atop a rowhouse are colloquially known. They're a great way to maximize space in constrained circumstances, capitalizing on natural light and perhaps allowing a homeowner to stick around rather than light out for the suburbs in search of a third bedroom. But they sure can get ugly, when siding doesn't match the original house, or when the addition interrupts a harmonious block. At the moment, the District's zoning code doesn't address pop-ups, and in at least one neighborhood—Barney Circle, east of Capitol Hill—residents tried to pass an historic district in large part to fill the gap.
I'd like to more fully explore the phenomenon of pop-ups and the discussions that happen around them. If you've got one you're proud of, or can't stand a neighbor's, or have any other observations to share, please get in touch.
Photo by Lydia DePillis