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Date: August 20, 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. 300 Gray
Avenue ? Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a structure located in the
Central Webster Historic District:
Todd Meyer made introductory remarks
and noted that the structure in question is non-contributing. A packet
concerning the proposal was distributed to all HPC members. All in favor on
the demolition were asked to speak.
and Renee Clifton of 300 Gray and Deanne Bussler of 312 Gray spoke in favor of
the demolition. Darin Clifton indicated that the structure was purchased at
auction and that rehab costs were too high. Renee Clifton stated that they
analyzed existing historic homes and found them to sell for about $200 per
square foot. New construction would allow for a larger home on the large lot,
similar to the house that once stood on the lot; that was built along with 288
and 312 Gray. The house in question is one of 9 non-contributing structures in
the Central Webster Historic District. There are many houses with turn-of
?the-century details in the neighborhood. The owners have selected the
Craftsman style and preliminary plans are ready to be submitted to the ARB and
satisfy City requirements. Deanne Bussler supports the demolition and thinks
the new design will suit the neighborhood. She indicated the existing property
is an eyesore and has not been properly maintained.
Stancil asked if any portion of the existing house will be reused and the
Cliftons indicated that they would try to recycle some elements. Anne Tolan
asked if they will be occupying the new house and if they knew that the house
was in a historic district when they purchased it. The Cliftons indicated that
they would be occupying it and that they knew it was in a historic district.
Lanna Skadden moved to closed the
public hearing and Ryan Gregg seconded. The Commission voted to close the
1. 300 Gray
Avenue ? Demolition:
Meyer indicated that the proposed plans look to be an improvement to the
current structure, which is non-contributing as well as financially not
feasible to improve. The Commission agreed that the presentation packet for
this Certificate of Appropriateness was very informative and contained several
key elements that would be of interest in assessing future Certificates of
Appropriateness. Elyse indicated that she would evaluate the proposal to aid
in the development of a set of requirements for future applications. Jennifer
Grotpeter moved that the Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of
300 Gray be approved. Lanna Skadden seconded and the motion passed.
2. Approval of
Meeting Minutes ? July 16, 2014:
Gregg moved that the meeting minutes be approved and Bill Stancil seconded.
The minutes were approved.
Gregg has contacted Esley Hamilton and he has agreed to give the fall lecture
on October 29th. The lecture will be titled, Historic
Preservation in Webster Groves and St. Louis County Today. It will cover
county-wide efforts of preservation and historic tax credits. Esley has
indicated that the $300 honorarium can be contributed to the National Park
Historic Fund or kept in-house to support the HPC. The October lecture will be
free and open to the public. The lecture will last 45 minutes with a
powerpoint presentation and a 15 minute question and answer period. The
reception immediately following will be for continuing the conversation. After
the reception, members of the HPC will take Esley to dinner. The HPC budget
will go toward providing refreshments for the reception, including wine. A WU
student will set-up for the lecture and will development a flyer to advertise
the lecture. A City email list will be used to advertise the lecture.
Invitations will be sent to the ARB and Mike Harney will contact other certified
local governments. A press release will be sent to the WKT and Webster University.
spring lecture will be changed from Jeffery Howe to David Ames. Ames has
worked with the National Park Service to analyze the development of suburbs. He
has looked at how and why they developed. He is
co-author of Evaluating America?s Historic Suburbs for the National Register of
Historic Places and has a book
forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press, Design & Historic
Ryan Gregg met with the WGHS
archivist, a Museum Studies graduate, who is a volunteer. She is modernizing
the WGHS system. There is an old database but it is not able to be accessed.
Ryan was able to look at an index of the collections and emailed his list to
HPC members. Collections are named after the donor so it is difficult to
assess what is contained each box. The WGHS would like to have the description
of each collection online, but it is a slow process. There are three lists of
century homes and the archivist thinks she knows which one is most up-to-date.
Many of the photos are not labeled. There is a collection of 120 photos of
homes taken in the 1980s. Elyse McBride indicated that the negatives for the
photos that correspond to the Ann Morris inventory sheets are at St. Louis
County. The WGHS archivist is available in the evening.
Meyer discovered that the Department of Natural Resources grant that covers the
preservation of historic documents will be ending in 2015. He did find that
there are 4 or 5 federal grants that are available. All information about what
will be needed should be collected prior to applying for the grants. The volume
of materials will need to be determined. The fact that the collections cannot
leave the WGHS premises also must be kept in mind.
was suggested that the HPC let the WGHS archivist work for a year while the
City website is updated with historic preservation information, then this topic
can be revisited. It was also mentioned that there are digital copies of the
Webster Walks at the WGHS.
5. Tuxedo Park
McBride and Jennifer Grotpeter have examined the maps that are in the St. Louis
County Library collection and those in the Missouri Historical Society?s
collection. Jennifer brought in a large map of the area. Elyse, Jennifer and
Bridget Keitel will divide the area and see if it be determined which houses
date from the early twentieth century.
of the Interior?s Historic Preservation Award 2014:
Norma Bolin has prepared a nomination
for Esley Hamilton. The HPC agreed that the nomination was well done.
Tolan indicated that she could answer questions about the ordinance. With the
new educational zoning, boundaries will be drawn around campuses. The
ordinance will provide buffering, set-backs and building heights. The
educational entities would no longer be required to make CUP requests. The
purpose is not to hamper institutions, but will give the City the ability to
manage growth. The purpose is to minimize impact while allowing growth. The
City cannot remove existing rights with the new zoning.
The next HPC meeting
will be held September 17, 2014.
Ryan Gregg moved
that the meeting be adjourned and Jennifer Grotpeter seconded. The meeting was