Thursday, January 07, 2010


It's on the way to the kid's kindergarten, so the last few months, I've become very well acquainted with the deliciously motley architecture of Arizona Avenue in Northwest DC.

There are some hideous McMansions across from cookie cutter postwar colonials. There's an old log cabin hemmed in by aggressively faceless fortresses. A couple of modest, little mid-century modernist gems, including one which is losing its front yard to an infill monster. So sad.

But this is my favorite house by far, nestled in so tight up against the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, I assumed it served as the outlet for their pent-up "build-it-ourselves" urges.

Turns out it's just a guy whose house has been added onto at least six times. I thought it was just five, but Google Maps turned up a solarium in the back. I love it, and so McMansion-proof!