Here’s a pair of renderings of 4 new townhomes about to be built in the Fourth Ward. The site is 2 blocks south of W. Gray, near those side-by-side lots where that 5-story apartment complex Dolce Living has been proposed to go in beside a row of vacant shotgun houses.
If you look closely at these renderings, you can see at least one more remnant of the past: The remains of the brick storefront of a dry cleaner’s that opened here on the corner of Genesee and W. Webster in the 1930s; it appears that what was the store’s main entrance has been incorporated into the design and widened into a 1-car garage. Says Tim Cisneros, whose firm worked on the townhomes: “[The storefront is] being left as a part of the neighborhood ‘commercial archeology.'”
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Renderings: Cisneros Design Studio
Nice renderings, I thought those were photos for a second. Very handsome design as well.
The Genesee side is…uninspiring.
Other than that I like them.
I always enjoy new construction that manages to incorporate ruins in some way.
@Sandy, just goes to show you that peopel feel differently about architecture because I think they look great.
With that historic strip center facade they’re primed for some ground floor retail.
That is one depressing color of brick, reminds me of old strip offices from the 70’s.
I wonder if any of the homeowners will bother checking to see if the dirt under their homes is polluted with perc by the old dry cleaner.
Bernard – I guess they’ll find out if their clothes start cleaning themselves in the closets.
Shouldn’t the grass end in front of the other three garage doors? Maybe some curb cuts?
This is / used to be a great corner for photographs, getting that raw industrial look as a backdrop. Took my engagement & motorcycle shots here. Glad they’re atleast keeping the old facade.
i live in one of the lofts there; itd be great if Cisneros can actually match the brick and keep the “banksy” esque door alongside the corner loft; seems to popular amongst all the amateur photographers that frequent the lofts.
I think these look terrible. I live very close and do not look forward to seeing them everyday.
any updates on this eyesore?