SoHo Townhomes (Atlanta Ga.)

201 Howard St. SE Atlanta, GA

Architect: Rutledge-Alcock

Developer: Corrugated-Multi-Colored-Metal-Tool Sheds/Condos Inc.

JP Peterson from Atlanta, Georgia writes:

I came across your site and thought I share your pain a bit. This is “BLDG 1” (denoted by the $.69 stick on letters, center, between the brick and Hardie plank, lower 1/3 center) of SoHo, in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood. This is the view from the porch swing of our 1923 bungalow. Sunday I’m going to the open house and I’m going to straighten that cheap paper lamp in the model unit’s window (center right).

Let’s enumerate the facade materials:

1. Assorted silver tone metal. Aluminum doors and windows, silver painted railings, raw galvanized drip edge.

2. Beige concrete block. Left end unit facade.

3. Beige Stucco. Between the windows, in the setbacks, three of the six stair planters

4. Shit brown bricks. At the foundation line (except the concrete block unit), between the lower windows (like a toothy grin on a Jack o’ Lantern), the remaining three stair planters.

5. Shit brown plywood. The whimsical inverted dorsal fins that divide the balconies, the frieze and facia.

6. Chartreuse Hardie Plank. In profusion.

7. Raw concrete stairs

8. Beige painted wood. Balcony edges, assorted trim.

9. (unseen in photo) Shit brown sheet metal. Garage and entrance doors around the back

Special features:

1. None of the windows open.

2. The upper right balcony is dead space, the “loft” interior makes it unreachable


I included a street shot too, just so you could get a feel for how well this blends in with the architecture of its 90-110 year old neighbors.

What, the windows don’t open?!? Don’t the good people of Georgia like fresh air?

This building is new and it already looks morose and severe, like a grouchy, grabby boss in a mustard colored suit who tells you to come in on Saturday and takes up too much space.

We at CSC are still laughing…sympathy to the neighbors…we understand.

10 thoughts on “SoHo Townhomes (Atlanta Ga.)”

  1. What? The windows don’t open? Is this some halfway house for the slightly insane? Are the residents going to raise pigeons and have endless gardening projects?

  2. I’d like to introduce the men of Seattle to a technology called “air conditioning.” When temperatures rise past 85 degrees Fahrenheit, I enjoy having my air conditioned and recirculated onto my body. Most Seattle residents live in a sort of ignorant sweaty stupor, believing that they do not need air conditioning as it never gets hotter than 85 in their city.

    Atlanta, I salute you for joining the 20th century and including modern conveniences in your domiciles.

  3. No opening windows. Huh.
    So, that way when a couple of people have a cold it’ll quickly become an epidemic?
    Just like public schools here in Seattle.

  4. Ah yes, air conditioning, that new-fangled cooling system that obliterates your ability to CHOOSE when to open or close your windows. That recirculated cool air can be good, but I still want to be able to open windows when I choose. I can handle the complications…air conditioner on windows closed, recirculated cool air…air conditioner off windows open, fresh air. Sealed windows are a bossy cost saving measure.

  5. I’m sure the residents will love it when there’s a power outage and they’re unable to get any ventilation in their sealed-up boxes.

  6. While you’re straightening things, attend to that fire hydrant, too.

    In Seattle, the SOHO would qualify as GOOD-LOOKING!

  7. LOL! I totally saw the fire hydrant too. I’m not sure that building would be too good looking anywhere. But sadly, in Seattle we do indeed have much worse!

  8. I love these townhouses!!! I live close by too, fabulous when compared to that faux historic $h1t they built down the street. Those ain’t your grandpa’s townhouses either so get off your rocker and get a life.

  9. Your site loses credibility when it publishes projects such as
    this. Yes it is regrettable that the windows don’t open, but
    this isn’t a bad looking building. Should the building have been designed to resemble a bungalow on steroids.
    If the upper right balcony is “dead space” that means that the owners spent money to
    maintain a purely aesthetic consistency…would the writer prefer
    that they leave the balcony off? Please stick to the truly egregious examples
    of condo building. The simple truth is, if buildings were built today using the materials and
    craftsmanship of 1920’s condos nobody could afford to live in them.

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