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Historic Preservation Commission

Date:  August 20, 2014

Time:  Regular Meeting, 7:30 pm

Location:  Webster Groves City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood

 

 

Members:

Name

Present

Absent

Todd Meyer (Chair)

X

               

Jennifer Grotpeter (A)

X

 

Norma Bolin (A)

 

X

Ryan Gregg

X

 

Bridget Keitel

X

 

Elyse McBride (Recording Secretary)

X

 

Frank Janoski

 

X

Lanna Skadden

X

 

Bill Stancil

X

 

 

Also Present:

Anne Tolan, Council Member (E)

X

 

Mike Harney, Building Commissioner (E)

X

               

 

 

Public Hearing:

 

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.

            Darin 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.

            Bill 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 hearing.

 

 

Regular Meeting:

 

1.  300 Gray Avenue ? Demolition:

            Todd 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.

 

Certificate of Appropriateness:

Name

For

Against

Todd Meyer (Chair)

X

                

Jennifer Grotpeter (A)

X

 

Norma Bolin (A)

 

 

Ryan Gregg

X

 

Bridget Keitel

X

 

Elyse McBride (Recording Secretary)

X

 

Frank Janoski

 

 

Lanna Skadden

X

 

Bill Stancil

X

 

 

 

2.  Approval of Meeting Minutes ? July 16, 2014:

Ryan Gregg moved that the meeting minutes be approved and Bill Stancil seconded.  The minutes were approved.

 

3.  WU/HPC Lecture Series:

            Ryan 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.

The 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 Preservation. 

 

4.  WGHS/HPC Collaboration:

            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.

Todd 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.

It 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 Historic District:

            Elyse 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.

 

 

Other Business:

 

1.  Secretary 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.

           

2.  Educational Rezoning:

Anne 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 adjourned.