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Re: “A clash of architecture faces Mansion neighborhood planning panel

@couldn't be better Actually, great care was taken to keep the design within the guidelines of proportion and scale. If you read the report, CZDC staff actually passes it on 31 of the 33 guidelines, including points of appropriate scale, proportion, solid to void ratios, etc.

There's several examples of quasi-historic McMansion style buildings that have been allowed by CZDC, but because they have a gabled roof and brick on them, they have been deemed 'appropriate'. This design is anything but. The design plays off of buildings in the immediate area, true those are outside the district, but the fact is they are there. It is different in detail from the historic homes in the area, but what's wrong with having a contemporary home next to a historic one? The mentality that they should all look the same smacks of the typical suburb, houses just stamped out like Happy Meals. This house attempts to put another layer of history that is from 2017 on a diverse neighborhood. They should be commended for trying to infill the city and bring new life to the area.

A more contemporary home was built on Arch several years ago that has some similarities to this design. Since it was built, another more traditional home was build just next to it and an older home across the street was renovated and is now occupied. So the argument that a contemporary home 'damages' the area is invalid. If anything it'll help encourage more investment in the area. The CZDC is there to prevent things like another Parris Towers from being built. This design isn't anything close to that, nor does it attempt to interpret the guidelines in a way that would allow for something that would destroy an entire block of homes and build something with total disregard to things like setback and scale.

It would be a different story if the proposal was to raze an old home and build this one, but the lot has been empty for years! The idea that a design like this hurts the neighborhood is just incorrect.

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Posted by The Architect on 05/17/2017 at 11:39 AM


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