A Micromanagers Angst

May 28, 2012

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Our world is populated with lots and lots of signs.  The messages are necessary or deemed necessary:  exit signs, handicapped signs, street signs, billboards, brand names, house numbers…the list goes on and on.  Likewise lines direct, contain, and divide.    All are control devices and this property owner’s design judgement has given way to the micromanagers angst.  Architects are great moderators.  Had one been consulted here, the property lines would have ended at the cornice, allowing the less than  perfect roof to inconspicuously rest in single color neutrality.


  1. This led me to go back to my collection of Washington DC townhouse pictures. I could not find any examples this extreme. Where I had a pic where the roof changed colors they always had a brick firebreak separating the two roofs. However I will pay more attention in the future.

  2. Hi Joffre,

    These are actually painted shingles. Looks like they are asphalt, but may be something else. They look old. Could be asbestos too, which may explain why they are painted. I just thought of that now. Thanks again for your notes.

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