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Historic Preservation Commission

Date:  February 19, 2014

Time:  Regular Meeting, 7:30 pm

Location:  Webster Groves City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood







Todd Meyer (Chair)



Christine Krueger(A)



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.  920 Albany ? Century Home (Demolition):

            The members present discussed the demolition of 920 Albany Ct as required by Section 52.160(m) of the Code of Webster Groves which permits the HPC to discuss the proposal with the applicant but cannot vote on the matter.


The new owner of 920 Albany was present and indicated that the realtor with which he worked to acquire the house advertised the house as a tear-down.  The house was built in 1907.  It has been neglected and has many structural deficiencies and problems with the electrical and HVAC systems.  The owner indicated that the neighbors with which he had spoken would like to see the house removed.  The HPC advised that demolition of the house would not negatively impact any significant cultural resources in the City.


2.  705 Greeley - Century Home (Demolition)

            There is a possibility that a construction company known for removal and replacement has acquired this property.  More information is needed to determine what is planned.  Mike Harney will call and see what information he can gather.  The HPC believes that losing this house will change the character of the neighborhood.


3.  Introduction of Christine Krueger:

            Christine was not in attendance.


4.  Approval of Meeting Minutes ? January 15, 2014:

            A Quorum of members was not in attendance and a vote could not be taken.


5.  Building Photography:

            Max Bouvatte has completed one third of the project and should be finished by the end of February.  There is the possibility of a Webster University student being able to help during spring break, March 10-14.


6.  Goal Setting Plan ? Year 4 (2014):

            The ?At Risk? List may be expanded to include Mid-Century Modern Churches.


The Website is being worked on.  Jennifer Conrad needs information on: Century Homes with plaques, Landmarks, PDFs of Walking Tours, information on how to get a Century Plaque, the Brochures, and the FAQ section.  Bridget will get the information for the Walking Tours.  It was proposed that there be links to the Century Plaque instructions on the Historical Society website and to Kim Wolterman?s house research information.  Getting photos of Century Homes with plaques may be the next thing that is needed.  It was also proposed that Webster University students be utilized to develop a database for the website.


7.  Budget:

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



Other Business:



1.  National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum:

            Letters were sent out from the HPC in support of the NAPCF conference being hosted in St. Louis in 2016.  The HPC will consider applying for a Commission Excellence Award in 2016.


2.  Brochures:

            The brochures are completed unless there are additional comments within one week of this meeting.  Comments are to be sent to Bridget Keitel with a copy to Mike Harney.  Mike will format the brochures with photographs and other graphics for use on the website.


3.  Potential Nominations:

            Bridget Keitel and Todd Meyer will meet with Mimi Shipp to get information about Emmanuel Episcopal Church to complete the application for Landmark status.



The next HPC meeting will be held March 19, 2014.