The best part about bike treks around Portland is that there are so many beautiful homes to see up close. I even have a soft spot for dilapidated houses that need a lot of TLC. I’m not posting about either one today. Instead I’m focusing on what I call house abominations, those “what the $%@! were they thinking” houses. Some of these houses are redeemable because bad color choices are easier to rectify, but some have been remuddled beyond belief.
The photo doesn’t do this house justice in person. Even with dark shades on, the color burns out your retinas. I think it may have been a traditional foursquare, but its been hacked and stucco’d over beyond all recognition.
Where to start? I hate decorative shutters in general, especially when mounted outside of the frame and unusable, but these were taken to a whole other level. Don’t even get me started on the vertical siding or the replacement shiny brass leaded glass front door.
This house takes the cake, literally. :) Poor color combination choice is not a completely unforgivable offense, because it can be changed. However, I’m not thrilled that they painted over brick and the original block. Even the chimney is pistachio green! The vinyl on the second story also makes no sense.
As an aside, the first time I passed this house and looked up into the second story window, I swear I saw a ghost. It was probably just a guy in a hazmat suit, but it kind of freaked me out.
Another poor foursquare that was probably nice in its prime, but has been completely hacked apart beyond all recognition. I expect an early 1990s dream inside as well as evidenced by the two massive windows that encroach on the second floor. There is no hope for this one. My vote: demolish ASAP.
I wish I could see where they were going with this one. Looks like a architecture school drop-out had a bit too much fun. I have to admit, the upstairs room is probably cool from the inside, but the exterior execution just isn’t working for me. The strange log fence really seals the deal, doesn’t it?
Do you know have photos of any house abominations? I’d love to see them and share in a future edition.