While driving recklessly down Delaware Street, we had to slow to 45 MPH to take note of this unique historic duplex-that-wants-to-be-a-row-house. At first we thought this was a Post-Modern, early 2oth Century revival, but on further inspection, it does appear to be historic. It was fortunate that we paused on Delaware that day, for unto us was given a duplex of terrible rehabilitation.
Major travesties include:
-Bricking in original window bays.
-Replacing historic windows.
-Pouring new stairs that are out of character and replacing the hand-rail with an industrial model.
-Removing the original stoop (note the ghosting above the door).
-Poorly replacing the front door.
-PVC pipes disrupting the ornamental brick pattern.
Excellent catch. Don’t forget the fine choice in replacement window types. lol
This IS odd…what else can one say? It needs to be bricked all around…
Is this government owned or managed, as the alterations remind me a bit of Section 8 housing.
I do hope you were just joking when you said that you “had to slow to 45” while driving up Delaware. Careless and reckless driving is just as bad for neighborhood revitalization as bad rehabs.
I thought the same thing Carlhunter!