Architecture, like art, is a matter of taste. As I live in a 100-year-old house in the Downtown North neighborhood and appreciate the history and beauty of my surroundings and of other older homes, it is difficult to share the vision of the three architects of modern houses so glowingly profiled in the Feb. 21 Weekly.
These new houses do not "blend" with the neighboring homes. They stick out like something dropped by aliens into a foreign land. These two-story mega-houses are replacing one-story bungalows.
While they may have a certain stylistic appeal from the street, try walking around the properties, viewing them from the neighbors' angles. Squishing "boxes" onto 1/8-acre lots and "stacking bedrooms" in the back creates a visual nightmare for up to five neighboring houses, as they have the looming presence of these modern triumphs of design right next to their back fences, losing sight of trees and sacrificing privacy.
It's a sad day for me every time a modest wooden home is destroyed to make way for concrete, steel, gravel and multi-paned glass structures. Tasteful Craftsman homes have stood the test of time. Will these modern visions of homes last 100 years or after 50 years will the next generation of architects bulldoze them in favor of something warmer, softer, natural and enormously more appealing?