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Historic Preservation Commission

Date:  November 20, 2013

Time:  Regular Meeting, 7:30 pm

Location:  Webster Groves City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood






Todd Meyer (Chair)






Norma Bolin (A)



Ryan Gregg



Bridget Keitel



Elyse McBride (Recording Secretary)



Frank Janoski



Lanna Skadden



Bill Stancil







Also Present:

Anne Tolan, Council Member (E)



Mike Harney, Building Commissioner (E)



Public Hearing:




Regular Meeting:


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.


2.  Building Photography:

            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 be photographed.


3.  126 Parsons Avenue:

            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 the additions.

            The 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.

            Frank 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. Forest Avenue:

            There 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 construction.


5.  Goal Setting – Year 4 (2014):

            Bridget 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.

            Bridget 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.


6.  Educational Outreach:

            Ryan 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.


Other Business:


1.  Northwest Webster:

            This is tabled for the time being.


2.  Training:

            It was 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.


3.  Brochures:

            Bridget Keitel will get the information from Dottie Alexander, review it and have the brochures ready in January.


4.  Potential Nominations:

            Other 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 Homeowners.


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 adjorned.