• Posted in: WTH WTH: Sells

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: South side Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from its original design? From an aesthetic point of view: is this...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Third Kind’s the Charm?

    Presumably, this historic home started with horizontal wood siding as seen on the top half here. With the enclosure of the front porch, it looks like vertical bead board was added to the top half...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Rapunzel’s Lair

    “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair” Wonder what this simple little gem looked like in its heyday?  ...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: You Say It’s Your Birthday?

    Photo courtesy Jeff Noffsinger Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you  Happy Birthday, dear… …………… Oh. Dear. If this isn’t a CakeWreck, what is it? No, seriously–anyone got any ideas on how this happened...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Commercial Disaster

    Homes aren’t alone in their subjection to heinous makeovers. There is no lack of commercial (former) gems in our fair metropolis, either. Look at the lovely bricks framing this westside storefront. Disastrous polyglot of plywood...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Vertical Horizontal

    This Victorian gem in the rough doesn’t know which way it wants to go. The battle between vertical and horizontal reads like the subtext in a movie which, at it’s heart, is about confusion. The...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Polyglot Plot

    You see this and you think?… First of all, you’re likely having trouble even figuring out what to look at first? Windows: Wrong Various forms of siding: Disaster Was this a version of patch testing...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Irreplaceable

    The first line of Beyonce’s song “Irreplaceable” comes to mind: “To the left, to the left.” Move that window to the left, to the left, for Pete’s sake. Bad enough the rectangular window has been...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Barn Again?

    Born again or Barn again? You decide.  ...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: No Entry

    Simple and modest homes can be fab, often better than the gaudy gargantuan ones, but then come the alterations. Admiration turns to curiosity to the squinting eyebrows and finally here to “WTH?” Evidently, you are...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Vinylphant

    Vinylphant? Yeah, it’s a new word. What do you call the proverbial pink elephant in the room when it’s really a dismal vinyl box in a neighborhood? We’re proposing: Vinylphant. The look of vinyl is...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: One of These Parts is Not Like the Other

    Pretty sure there was a cottage under here at one point. Picture what this may have looked like originally: a quaint small front porch, no vinyl, no brick, different windows, and undoubtedly a whole slew...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Go Ahead, Make My Day

    That was Dirty Harry’s line, wasn’t it? And this looks like the kind of place he’d have found himself, in hot pursuit of  his latest prey. Presumably, this was once a commercial property of some...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Catastrophe Cottage

    This undoubtedly started life as a cute cottage. But like a gremlin that had water spilled on it, it’s gone from cute to catastrophic–and seems to have multiplied itself. When you have a love for...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Window MIA

    Doesn’t this home on the hill look like something is missing Location: NW Quadrant...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Commercial Billboard?

    When an ill-fitting Mickey D’s billboard is one of the highlights of a building, you know you’ve got a problem. This poor baby is a sad polyglot of remuddling, with local favorite, vinyl encasing much...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Like Somebody’s Watching Me

    Sometimes, staring at a property conjures little more than the title of this series: WTH?  Or maybe in this case, the 80’s Rockwell song “Somebody’s Watching Me.” . One wonders how the look of this...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: STOP in the Name of…

    What a coincidence that the predominant shape discernible here just happens to correlate with the first word that may pop into your head: STOP. Holy octagons, Batman. This is something you don’t see every day....

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: How Lowes Can You Go?

    Pre-fab/ mass produced doors and windows are to quaint historic homes what a piece of pre-masticated chewing gum is (as a filler) to a smile with a missing tooth: unbecoming and fooling no one. Imagine...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH : Whatcha Hiding Under That Top?

    With the recent movements towards loving all things hyper-local, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say many of us would rather shop little neighborhood serving corner stores over strip-malls, if they would make a return...

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