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Bershoff House

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1900; 1994, James S. Bershoff. 1200 Niagara St. (northeast corner of E. 12th Ave.)

“Pop tops,” one of the more controversial developments in many older neighborhoods, are epitomized by this two-story addition to a small, stuccoed brick cottage. “Rather than match our old house, I wanted to be honest about this. This is a new house that landed on top of an old one,” explained resident and architect James Bershoff. With studied asymmetry, the addition is twisted, and the third-story windows and skylights are placed off center and rotated to form diamonds rather than squares. Bershoff reconciled the original and the new with a uniform stucco skin, reinstallation of part of the original hipped roof, and a roof cap which recapitulates the design below.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Bershoff House", [Denver, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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