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Bad Idea!  This is the Nebel Knitting Mill Annex on Worthington Ave.  The developer wanted to add an atrium that would bring light into the building.  The problem is two-fold.  First, the design interrupted the rhythm of the windows.  Secondly, it introduces an arch into the design vocabulary of the building.  It would have been far better simply to put skylights in the roof that one could not see from the street.
Good Idea!  Notice the difference with this addition to the Textile Mill Supply Company.  First, as you can see, there is no arched roof.  That would break the rule of compatibility.  Second, the window treatment in the addition, while compatible, is distinctive from the original, thereby allowing the addition to stand as a distinct identity.
Bad Idea!  This is the home of Earle Sumner Draper, who was one of the principal designers of Myers Park.  Ironically, the owner has violated the landscape philosophy of Myers Park by bricking much of the front yard and constructing and arched driveway.  Neither would meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
Good Idea!  All elements of a historic landmark are important, including the signage on the site.  This is the stop sign for the exit driveway from the James B. Duke Mansion or White Oaks.  It delivers the message but is respectful of the landscaping philosophy of the property.
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