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Monday, February 1, 2010

New Construction (and Renovation) in Gravois Park

2732 Miami (at Iowa). Yours for $240,000. Click here for the listing. It has a twin to the east.

There's no side view, but I'm willing to bet this sucker does indeed present a vinyl face to the street.

What do you think: sufficiently deferential to historic Gravois Park architecture or too stuck in the past?

Also in Gravois Park, how's this for a proposed renovation?

3523 California Before

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3523 California After

Click here for the listing. It will be excellent to see this beauty rehabbed!


Anonymous said...

matt, if you look at the last picture in the listing you can see the vinyl on the side of the twin next door. also, in the picture you linked, you can just barely make out that same vinyl between the tree and the edge of the image.

i think they look great from the front, but otherwise they're not deferential enough. AT LEAST go half-length with brick on the sides... as for stuck in the past, i really like this style as long as it's done well. these are not quite there.

Nancy Hohmann said...

As the developer of this property, I can assure you that there is no vinyl on the west elevation. It is masonry on that side.
Matt, you know that I work for Millennium, I could have gotten you better pictures if you wanted to do a post on these projects.
Nancy Hohmann
Director of Development
Millennium Restoration

Anonymous said...


why did you go with brick on the west and vinyl on the east instead of half-brick on both? just curious - i have no idea what factors come into play with such decisions. is half-brick impractical?


Nancy Hohmann said...

When a side elevation is completely viewable from the street, Cultural Resources along with CDA require that the elevation be masonry. The amount of masonry on other side elevations is determined by the number of feet between the structures.
In the end, much of new construction design comes down to 100s of hours of meetings between the developer, the alderman, and cultural resources, not to mention meetings with neighborhood associations and the CDA analyst.

Matt M. said...


I initially didn't realize this was Millennium's work. If you have a better picture, please send it over and I'll post it.

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