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Historic Preservation Commission

Date:  March 19, 2014

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.  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.

            After 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 members.     



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.

            A vote was not taken on the February minutes because a quorum was not in attendance for that meeting.



3.  Building Photography:

            There have been no further updates on the project since last month.



4.  Goal 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.


5.  Budget:

The HPC has requested $1500 for Photography and $1500 for the Historic Preservation Lecture Series.



Other Business:


1.  Training:

            Nothing new


2.  Brochures:

            The brochures are completed.


3.  Potential Nominations:

            Bridget 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.


4.  Mid-Century Modern:

            There is a national preservation interest in Mid-Century Modern Churches.  Inventory sheets on the churches in Webster Groves are available.


5.  CWG Web Page:

            Work is ongoing.


6.  WG Historical Society Web Page:

            The City would like to link to this page.  Todd Meyer will talk to Greg Falk.


7.  NAPCF:

            Waiting to hear if it will happen in St. Louis.


The next HPC meeting will be held April 16, 2014.


Frank Janoski moved that the meeting be adjourned and Bill Stancil seconded.  The meeting was adjorned.