Today's 9th 'Before & After' is at 260 Hill Street. Above is a photo of the front of the house taken in March of 2011. It is a common house type from the 1920s-30s that occur all over the village, but which are quickly disappearing. Some have been renovated and added onto instead of being demolished, so the type won't completely disappear altogether, which is good.
Below is the new house at 260 Hill Street. It is not quite finished, but I thought I'd snap a quick photo before the hedges go in along the front! I haven't included any context, which I believe one should always take into consideration when opining about whether any work of architecture is a success. I will try to find the time to add photos of the houses on each side in the next day or so.
Today's 10th 'Before & After' is 200 Little Plains Road. Below is an image of the home taken in April of 2011. The house to the immediate south (right) was its virtual twin, and others in the vicinity share a lot of similarities.
Below is a photo of 200 Little Plains Road taken this past February. Again, it's not quite finished, but the overall form is complete enough, in my opinion, to determine whether or not this is an improvement.
Finally, today's 11th 'Before & After' is at 31 Huntting Street. Below is a photograph of the street view taken in August of 2010. This is the same type of house as the first (9th) example above, at 260 Hill Street except its front porch has not been enclosed. My old neighbor, who moved away to Florida awhile ago, used to live in a very similar house, before it was torn down and replaced. (Hmm, I see that doing a 'Look-Alikes' about this house type might be interesting one of these days!)
The photo below is 31 Huntting Street under renovation, and nearly complete except for landscaping, taken in January of this year. It's hard to tell it's the same house, isn't it?
The house's hierarchy is confusing - it's as if the front twin gables are fighting with the larger side gable for superiority. The attic level shed dormer is too high, and the three-over-one light cuts are interesting, but two-over-one would have been more traditional and contextually appropriate. It's nice that they chose to renovate though, instead of demolish.
I guess I couldn't resist inserting a bit of my own opinion in there somewhere! Ha! Oh well.
Stay tuned for the next post, about the thrilling discovery of an old surviving village schoolhouse on Halsey Street!