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Building a following: Peabody student is making a name for herself in the world of architecture by taking McMansions to task

Building a following: Peabody student is making a name for herself in the world of architecture by taking McMansions to task

When launching her blog “McMansion Hell” last July, Peabody Institute graduate student Kate Wagner thought it would be like any other blog she had started and stopped within a few weeks. But she was determined to inform her 15 Tumblr followers about why so-called McMansions — oversized homes often made of cheap material and lacking a cohesive design — were bad architecture.

“I really was like, at the time, ‘Man, no one does an ugly-house blog that's any good,’ so I was just like, ‘I'm going to do it,’ ” Wagner said.

Wagner thought she’d stop after she tired of it, but poking fun at pretentious residential architecture, using photos of homes for sale and her own added snarky...

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