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Historic Preservation Commission

Date:  July 16, 2014

Time:  Regular Meeting, 7:30 pm

Location:  Webster Groves City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood







Todd Meyer (Chair)



Jennifer Grotpeter (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.  119 E. Rose Ave. ? Demolition of Century Home:

            Photos of the house in question were distributed to the members.  Dave Huchzermeier of Caliber Construction is the owner of the home and was in attendance at the meeting.  For the past several years he has rented it.  It was one of the first homes in the area, built in 1913.  Asbestos has been removed, but the house leaks and nothing is salvageable.  The final ARB review of the proposed plan is scheduled for July 17, 2014.  The proposed home is a 2600 2-story with a wrap-around porch.


2.  Approval of Meeting Minutes:

May 21, 2014:

            There are corrections to the May meeting minutes: In item 2, Penny should be Denny, and Gary should be Jerry.  Ryan Gregg moved that the meeting minutes be approved as amended and Bill Stancil seconded.  The minutes were approved as amended.




June 18, 2014:

            The phrase ?Prior to the next meeting? is to be deleted from item 3.  Ryan Gregg moved that the minutes be approved as amended, and Bill Stancil seconded.  The meeting minutes were approved as amended.


3.  Secretary of the Interior?s Historic Preservation Award 2014:

            The HPC discussed nominating Esley Hamilton for this award.  The application is due on September 1, 2014.  Norma Bolin will contact Esley and work on completing the application for his nomination.  When she has completed it, she will forward it to Mike Harney.


4.  WU/HPC Lecture Series:

            Reservations have been made for the Fall and Spring lectures; these dates are October 29th and February 25th.  The lectures will take place in Moore Auditorium, from 6 to 7 pm, with a reception to follow from 7 to 8 pm.  The fall lecture will be by Esley Hamilton on the importance of Historic Preservation.  The spring lecture will be by Jeffery Howe on the context of late 19th century architecture.  Invitations will be sent within the month to these speakers.  Publicity for the program will take the form of a notice in the paper, flyers to be posted at the Library, Webster University and the WG Rec Center.  The flyer will also be distributed to local real estate offices.  Anne Tolen will see about getting an announcement in the Community Connection.  The possibility of using the Planning and Zoning e-newsletter list or the Parks & Rec email list was discussed.  Mike Harney will check with Claudia Hartman about possible conflicts with community events.


5. WGHS/HPC Collaboration:

            The HPC has an interest in the scanning of information and documents held by the WGHS to make them available to the public.  Jennifer Grotpeter spoke with Ricky McGuire of Optitech, who was enthusiastic about the project.  SLAM and the Missouri Historical Society have used them in the past.  The HPC will require digital copies only.  It is unknown at this point the amount of materials held by the WGHS.  The scanning could be done piecemeal and paid through grants or a crowd sourcing application such as Kickstarter utilized by the WGHS.  It remains to be seen if the WGHS will allow this to happen.  An older database will be emailed to Ryan Gregg, and he will forward the email to Mike Harney when received for distribution to HPC members.  Prior to the next meeting, Jennifer will contact the Missouri Historical Society to see how they utilized Optitech, Ryan Gregg will visit the WGHS to see what items are included in their collections, and Todd Meyer will research possible grants from the Department of Natural Resources.


6.  Tuxedo Park Survey:

            Elyse McBride indicated that she has not examined the Sanborn maps for Tuxedo Park, but will do that prior to the next meeting.  Jennifer Grotpeter volunteered to help.  Due to the large number of houses in the Tuxedo Park subdivision, it is advisable to only consider a portion for a possible historical district.  Consulting Sanborn maps and other information will provide a sense of how the subdivision developed.  It was also discussed as to whether this district should be on the local, state or national register.  To provide local protection the historic district does not need to be designated a state or national district, but would need to meet the HP ordinance criteria.  If this was the case, homes in the district would not qualify for tax credits.  Homes in the district would need to obtain a certificate of appropriateness for demolition as specified in the HP ordinance and would make the process of replacing older homes with newer more difficult.  A denial of a certificate of appropriateness can be appealed to City Council.  A list of 100 year homes in Tuxedo Park would be helpful in the nomination process.



Other Business:


1. 705 Greeley:

            The revised plan for 705 Greeley has been passed by the ARB.  Neighbors have stated that they are not aware of the process for obtaining a Century Plaque or how to have one?s house designated as a local historic Landmark.


2.  In-fill Housing Ordinance:

Anne Tolan indicated that an Ordinance concerning in-fill housing is being considered by City Council.  She will email the members as to the date when this will be discussed.


3.  Emmanuel Episcopal Church:

            Some in the church are not in favor of having the church designated a Landmark.  There may be plans to alter the western section of the building, which is the oldest portion of the building.  Information is needed from Bridget Keitel, who is in contact with the church archivist.


The next HPC meeting will be held August 20, 2014.


Ryan Gregg moved that the meeting be adjourned and Bill Stancil seconded.  The meeting was adjourned.