They are either moving this house, or building a new foundation under. Must be historic, for the money they are spending.
Yes, past discussions about several other houses being renovated / reconstructed in Cambridge have raised this point. This usually involves grandfathering lot occupancy, and/or the existence of little or negligible sideyard, and something never allowed under current zoning. The curious aspect of this particular house is that based on Google Streetview, half the lot (not visible in Subdivision's photo) is given over to a parking space(s). And the house itself is quite long, as if, over time, different owners kept adding to it.I've seen this done a few other times in Cambridge and it's sort of fascinating. I have a very hard time believing there's much historical relevance to it based on just street-viewing it (looks like every other plain triple decker with some cheap windows/siding), but who knows...
I thought I read on here awhile ago that this was done in order to maintain some zoning requirement. Where maintaining the existing structure grandfathers in some certain rules about the lot or something.
The building looks like a student's first homework assignment for a Revit class. Everything from the monochrome grey pallete, to the awkward proportions and strangely large grids over the first floor doors, the simplified (but not tastefully simple) window door, and balcony design, the strange grid of panels on the facade, the semi-circle that's really half a 16-sided polygon, and its accompanying terrace on top that again is simple but not tastefully simple.And that Beacon St monstrosity doesn't deserve any comment haha
I like the IDEA of this project, but this design feels really unresolved. I hope it's not the final render.I couldn't tell if this was posted somewhere already, but there's been a design update and new renders posted for a proposed restoration/expansion of 711-727 Mass Ave. (historic Cambridge Gas Light building), resulting in a 36-room hotel (planning board website):
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