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Date: March 19, 2014
Time: Regular Meeting, 7:30 pm
Location: Webster Groves City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood
Norma Bolin (A)
Council Member (E)
Building Commissioner (E)
1. 705 Greeley
- Century Home (Demolition)
Harry Freeman of Freeman Homes, who
was in attendance, has purchased the house 705 Greeley and plans to demolish it
because, as he stated, it would require too much work to bring up to standards.
Mr Freeman presented photographs of the house that showed it in a state of
disrepair. He also stated they he did not yet know if the lot would be
subdivided, but was considering that possibility. Any new house that would be
constructed would be 2800 to 3000 square feet and traditional in design. The
HPC advised him that tax credits are available for rehabilitation of historic
buildings and that the HPC would like see the house rehabbed rather than
demolished. Mr Freeman stated that he would consider it.
this discussion concluded and Mr. Freeman departed, Mike Harney presented
photographs of the more salient features of the house’s interior. The HPC
would like to prevent the demolition of significant historic houses, such as
the one at 705 Greeley, in the future. Webster Groves is known for its older
homes and if they are sacrificed to developers who tear them down, the HPC feels
that the community atmosphere of Webster Groves will suffer. Ryan Gregg
proposed writing a letter to the editor of the Webster-Kirkwood Times to
call attention to the loss of this house and the potential for future loss.
Ryan will develop a draft of the letter and ask for comments from the HPC
2. Approval of
Meeting Minutes – January 15, 2014:
After review of the minutes, Frank
Janoski moved that the minutes be approved and Lanna Skadden seconded. The
meeting minutes were approved.
was not taken on the February minutes because a quorum was not in attendance
for that meeting.
have been no further updates on the project since last month.
Setting Plan – Year 4 (2014):
The HPC would like to put the list of
houses with Century Plaques on the City website, but the list that was received
from the WG Historical Society is not complete and there is not a list on the
WG Historical Society website either. The Historical Society also has the
description of the Walks that the HPC would like to put on the City website.
It was suggested that the HPC meet with the Historical Society to see if a
cooperative effort can be made to locate items for the City website. Tom
Cooper at the WG Library is looking for photographs for the “Images of America”
book about Webster Groves. The brochure information will be put onto the
website, as will the description of the guidelines for each Historic District.
HPC has requested $1500 for Photography and $1500 for the Historic Preservation
brochures are completed.
Keitel and Todd Meyer met with Mary Lee (Mimi) Shipp and she was receptive to
the application for Landmark status for Emmanuel Episcopal Church. This will
need to be presented to the Church board, and it was indicated that there were
several members that are hesitant to apply for this. Some believe that they
are in the Eden-Webster College District, but the Church is not. The
nomination process will most likely start at the April meeting. Another
meeting with Mimi will be arranged and a meeting with church leadership may be
needed as well.
is a national preservation interest in Mid-Century Modern Churches. Inventory
sheets on the churches in Webster Groves are available.
5. CWG Web
Historical Society Web Page:
City would like to link to this page. Todd Meyer will talk to Greg Falk.
to hear if it will happen in St. Louis.
The next HPC meeting
will be held April 16, 2014.
moved that the meeting be adjourned and Bill Stancil seconded. The meeting was