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Date: November 20, 2013
Time: Regular Meeting, 7:30 pm
Location: Webster Groves City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood
Todd Meyer (Chair)
Norma Bolin (A)
Council Member (E)
Mike Harney, Building
1. Approval of
Minutes – October 16, 2013:
The meeting minutes were amended to
indicate that Ryan has a PhD in Art History and not Art as stated in the
minutes, and the word “the” needs to be added in the second sentence before the
word “period.” Frank Janoski moved that the minutes be approved as amended and
Bill Stancil seconded. The minutes were approved as amended.
Five bids were received from the Photography
RFP, 2 were under the $1500 budget. Mike Harney is currently reviewing these
bids. Some bids include provisions for mileage reimbursement and these costs
will need to be calculated. It was proposed that the City Landmarks be
photographed first and then if money allows, the houses on Marshall Place will
3. 126 Parsons
It has come to the City’s attention
that an individual wants to purchase 126 Parsons Avenue with the intent
to demolish it. The building is not “for sale,” but the owner has been
approached by a developer. The original structure was built in 1890, and is a
vernacular building. Mike Harney indicated that the City would attempt to
conduct a walk-through to determine the condition of the original structure and
commission is considering nominating this structure as a City Landmark. Once
an “Intent to Nominate” letter is sent, the commission will have 180 days to
complete the nomination and during that period the building cannot be
demolished. Once nominated, the additions to the structure that are in
disrepair would need to be repaired. Also, the nomination could be for the
original structure only. If nominated, a purchaser could apply for tax credits
for repairs and restorations.
Janoski moved to send a Letter of Intent to Nominate 126 Parsons as a City
Landmark. Ryan Gregg seconded. The motion passed. The nomination will be
discussed further at the January Commission meeting.
4. 655 N.
is a discrepancy over the dates recorded with the county database and on the inventory
sheets for this property and the property at 126 Parsons. It was determined
that additional research is needed to determine the correct dates of
Setting – Year 4 (2014):
Keitel and Norma Bolin are working on the brochures. They are incorporating
the rewording responses from the commission that were returned to Dottie Alexander. These should be done in January.
Keitel will meet with Mimi Schipp, the archivist for Emanuel Episcopal Church,
to determine what information they have that would aid in the nomination of the
Church as a City Landmark. Elyse McBride has given Todd Meyer information
about the Church’s original architect.
Gregg suggested a Historic Preservation/Architecture lecture series that would
be offered to the public through Webster University. Students at the
University would put the series together and it may be possible to obtain a
grant through the State Historic Preservation Office. Anne Tolan will talk
with the City Manager about other possible funding options.
This is tabled for the time being.
determined that there would be three programs and one would be presented every
year. A discussion as to when to present the “How to deny a Certificate of
Appropriateness” ensued and it was determined that it would be best to schedule
it immediately before a public hearing so that the procedures would be fresh in
the commission members’ minds. The possibility of a camp was also discussed.
Members should email Mike Harney with 3 Wednesdays in January or February that
would work for training.
Keitel will get the information from Dottie Alexander, review it and have the
brochures ready in January.
buildings will be nominated according to the “at risk” list and revisions to
this list. Requests for Nominations could come from the HPC, City Council and
The next HPC meeting
will be held January 15, 2014.
Frank Janoski moved
that the meeting be adjourned and Bridget Keitel seconded. The meeting was