Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Design Review Agenda
June 28, 2017
​8:00 a.m.

1.  Design Review Chair's Report -- Ken Pursley

2.  Consulting Director's Report -- Dan Morrill

3.  Preservation Planner's Report -- Stewart Gray

4.  Johnston Building, 212 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte -- S&R Report

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Staff recomends that the proposed new siding on the south side of the building be held back past the proposed new door opening. Otherwise Staff finds that the proposed plans are appropriate and meet the Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For Rehabilitation numbers 2, 5, 9, and 10.

5.  Phillips House and Morris Barn, 131 W. Charles Street, Matthews -- S&R Report

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The proposed project would include:

New rear dormer as shown on plans

New rear entrance as shown on plans

Kitchen/Laundry renovation and reconfiguration as shown on plans

•             New countertops, cabinets, flooring, backsplash and appliances
•             Remove portions of walls to accommodate large island, and enlarged, cased opening between kitchen and sunroom
•             Add trim piece where wall is removed to indicate original wall location
•             Move existing historic cabinet to dining room
•             Enclose laundry area between kitchen and downstairs bath, expose any original siding

Stair opening as shown on plans
•             Remove a portion of the wall at the bottom of stairs to create more line of sight to the stair

•             Tear down existing cinder-block structure
•             Replace with framed structure of similar footprint
•             Will include single attached carport located on the north side nearest the house/side-yard
•             Materials will match house      

Exterior siding refinish and paint
•             Update paver path outside rear entry
•             Update windows on sunroom to match the rest of the house (white vinyl)
•             Roof replacement - raised seam metal
•             Targeted foundation jacking, attempt to level out first floor rooms
•             Expose original fireplace openings

•             White picket fence, spacing between pickets: 2 1/2 inches

The proposed plan for the gabled dormer is not appropriate, but changes to the design of the dormer reducing its prominence could bring the plan into compliance with the Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For Rehabilitation.

The general plan for the garage is appropriate and meets the  Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For Rehabilitation numbers 9, and 10, but Staff needs a detailed description of the proposed building including dimensions and a detailed description of the materials. 

Staff recommends that the proposed fence design is appropriate, but that the dimensions of the fence and a site plan showing the proposed layout of the fence must be included.

The proposed changes to the rear steps may be appropriate, but measured drawings are needed.  

The proposed opening at the bottom of the interior stairwell is not appropriate and does not meet the Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For Rehabilitation numbers 2, and 3.   

6. Delburg Cotton Mill House, 303 Delburg Street, Davidson -- S&R Report

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The proposed project would include:

Raising the house approximately 8" consistent with structural engineer's recommendation and slightly rotated away from Watson Street so the rear-left corner will not be as close to Watson Street. 

Asbestos and lead paint removal. 

Where possible, the original, first-level of flooring in the home will be removed and reinstalled.

The front porch will be rebuilt, and new ground-to-porch stairs will be added. 

The existing cinderblock 'curtain' around the exterior of the home will be replaced with brick.

The chimney will be removed and rebuilt.  

The den fireplace will remain wood-burning, while the bedroom fireplace will become gas. 

The interior facing in the front, right room will be retained and reinstalled.

The  removal of the existing ceiling sheetrock may allow the possibility of increasing the ceiling height. 

Staff recommends:  

That the site plan clearly indicate the current location of the house as well as the proposed location.

The proposed front handrail is not appropriate and does not meet the Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For Rehabilitation numbers 2, 3, and 9.  The cable-design is not appropriate for the front porch.  Simple handrails and balusters would be appropriate.

The original foundation piers need to be replicated, and the rest of the brick curtain wall needs to be differentiated or set back.

Replacing the existing single window on the west elevation with a double window is not appropriate and does not meet the Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For Rehabilitation numbers 2, 3, and 9.

The louvered vents in the gables need to be preserved, or replicated.

The chimney, if replaced, should be the same dimensions as the existing.

That the existing layout of the front foyer be preserved.

The details and dimensions of the fence shown on the site plan should be presented.   

The applicant should investigate reducing the height of the roof ridge of the proposed rear addition.

7.  Old Business.

8.  New Business.

The Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For Rehabilitation
1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.

2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.
3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.
4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.
5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a historic property shall be preserved.
6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.
7. Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.
8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.
10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.