Walking back to the Triangle from a brunch by Union Station a fellow Madrigal resident shared that she was not impressed by the new Ashton Judiciary (750 3rd St NW). “They invested money into a nice facade on the front of the building then went cheap on the sides and back” she said, and continued “that would irritate me if I lived there.“
I think the Ashton Judiciary looks fairly good. I appreciate that The Hanover Company didn’t settle for a bland 3rd street facade. I had rather than have an architecturally distinctive contribution to the public space than a building that has a consistent yet bland look on all sides.
Pictured above, the Mather Studios at 916 G Street NW, is another example of a building with a distinctive street facing facade that lacks the same detailing on the sides. Again, I think this is perfectly acceptable, but I do think a small mural or Trompe-l’œil on the bare concrete side would be an appealing improvement. This building has several artist studio residences – has beautifying the first 20-30 feet of the alley ever been proposed?