Do you want this in your neighborhood?

January 28, 2008 at 11:17 pm 4 comments

dwell_house.jpg(Jon) In response to my call for neighborly modern home architecture, Scott rises to the challenge.

He points us to an article and photos in Dwell Magazine which discusses this house built in a distressed neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio.

The builders of the home were warmly welcomed:

Luckily for the couple, there weren’t any stringent codes or angry neighbors with which to contend. “Dayton has some great older areas downtown that are strong historic districts,” maintains Mary Rogero. “But this was a very nondescript neighborhood, so it was easy to tweak the design in a direction that paves the way for modern homes to come in.”

But how would this go over in Fort Wayne? Would your neighborhood welcome such an addition to your neighborhood? I really think my neighbors wouldn’t blink at such a design, but would only be thankful that something new was being built. Tell me about yours.

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4 Comments

  • 1. john b. kalb  |  January 29, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Don’t know about this one going in the Fort . I do think it fits in with some areas south of downtown Dayton, as I remember it – like around where NCR was located. I am very pleased to see the designs from Biloxi – When in the area subject to the type of storms that they have experienced, build them on stilts – just like on the outer banks in North Carolina. If only they would be that wise in New Orleans. Thanks to Scott for pointing this out. John B. Kalb

  • 2. Zachary Benedict  |  January 29, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I don’t see how this is more out of place contextually than the first suburban homes must have felt when compared to traditional urban residential models. Change is good… keeps us thinking.

  • 3. de_tokeville  |  February 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I’ve seen edgy designs like this interspersed with older homes in other cities and I like it. I can envision homes of this sort going up in a neighborhood like East Central, where there are lots of holes to fill, and can see this in turn bringing up the value of existing homes there that are crying out for restoration.

    I would also hope that local preservationists would take the long view and realize that stabilizing and turning around neighborhoods sometimes means putting aside insistence on architectural and historical purity when it comes to new dwellings.

  • 4. Adam  |  February 12, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    YES, this is a good idea.

    Why does something have to “fit in” to its surroundings by copying it? Why can’t neighborhoods be aesthetically diverse? Why can’t someone express his/her ideas with their home? Why does the typical American want to live in such conformity that is handed out to us by developers who only care about money and not design? Why do people not think?


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