It is not only entertaining, but sometimes downright harrowing what complications can develop from the interface of people in Chestnut Hill, all eager to beautify, or retain the beauty of, their properties.
It is not only entertaining, but sometimes downright harrowing what complications can develop from the interface of people in Chestnut Hill, all eager to beautify, or retain the beauty of, their properties. And it is mostly beautiful. But space is more and more at a premium, and hence problems ensue.
The latest issue that concerns me is the expansion of the little Vanna Venturi house, a path-breaking building that is apparently known worldwide by architects. I visited that iconic building once on a tour, and was struck by the amazing way it was designed, with many often small and subtle quirks that add up to a wonderful whole. But it’s a small house in an area that suits larger houses. Luckily, so far the owners have been completely on board with the importance of their role in preserving this special dwelling — present owners included. But how long will this be feasible, given the existing square footage? At what point will someone buy it up and disrespect it?
I fully support the Lockards’ desire for a guest house. The planned location on the lot seems perfect — it’s 97 feet from the Laus’ deck, for heaven’s sake. From the photo of the Laus’ back yard, I see a rather barren, unlandscaped space with an old metal shed. Perhaps this area needs attention. What don’t the Laus understand about the relative importance of things? What is the real likelihood of the Lockards giving wild parties in their yard? Hey, drag that grand piano out here on the deck and flail away! Not.
Anyway, there is no deck. Cool it. And do something smart for the Venturi property.