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HPRB February 28, 2008


The Historic Preservation Review Board met to consider the following items on February 28, 2008. Copies of staff reports related to cases listed below may be requested by email.

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HPRB ACTIONS
FEBRUARY 28, 2008


The Historic Preservation Review Board met and considered the following items on February 28, 2008.  

HISTORIC LANDMARK NOMINATION

Washington Navy Yard Historic District expansion (Navy Yard Annex), Case #08-05.
The staff report recommended the Board approve an amendment of the local and National Register designations of the Washington Navy Yard Historic District to extend its boundaries and include the area, buildings, structures, and archaeological resources within the area known as the Navy Yard Annex.  It is recommended that the present nomination, slightly revised, be forwarded to the National Register of Historic Places with a positive recommendation. Vote:  Approved, 9-0.

First Baptist Church of Deanwood, 1008 45th Street, NE, Case #06-15.
The staff report recommended the Board designate the First Baptist Church of Deanwood, 1008 45th Street, NE, as a District of Columbia landmark and forward the nomination to the National Register of the Historic Places, with a recommendation that the property meets the National Register criteria for designation with local significance. Vote: Approved, 9-0.


ANACOSTIA HISTORIC DISTRICT
1337 Valley Place, SE, #08-153, concept/new two-story house.
This case was removed form the agenda.


SHAW HISTORIC DISTRICT
933 L Street, NW, HPA #08-119, alterations/rooftop addition.
The Review Board expressed it concern over the work that had been  undertaken on the site without permits and postponed taking any action on the proposed addition until the March meeting. The Board also requested the applicant return with a clear timeline of all of the work and permits for the site as well as detailed architectural drawings of the proposed ninth floor addition.    No Vote was taken.


U STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT
1400-1418 U Street and 1913-1944 14th Street, NW, HPA #08-033, revised concept/construction of ten-story apartment building.
The Review Board addressed and gave great weight to the points raised by the ANC, and found that the project’s revised design and massing was much improved and moving in the right direction. As the project moves forward, the Board directed the applicants to look at breaking up the strong horizontality of the southern portion of the building, provide greater balance to the two eight-story wings on 14th street, sculpt the 9th and 10th floors to have setbacks on all sides, as would be seen in a traditional penthouse structure, detail the masonry with traditional brick detailing, and continue to study the public visibility and appearance of the outdoor common areas. The Board took no further action on the proposed curb cut and garage entrance issue. Vote: 9-0.


SHAW HISTORIC DISTRICT
1502 10th Street, NW, HPA #08-160, concept/new three-story rowhouse.
The HPRB adopted the staff report approving a three-story, bay-fronted brick row house on this vacant lot, and accepted the staff recommendations that the top floor be designed as an extension of the brick wall rather than a mansard roof, that the detailing be in brick or stone rather than wood, and that the visible roof deck be eliminated.  Vote: 9-0.


CLEVELAND PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT
3403 Rodman Street, NW, HPA #07-452, concept/alterations and rear addition.
The staff report recommended the Board approve the proposed addition and alterations to the front elevation with the following conditions, delegating final approval to staff: (A)The addition should be reduced in size to a depth of 14’6”, and the proposed fourth floor rear gable should be removed and replaced  by a shed dormer off the existing rear roofline, projecting 4’6” over the flat roof of the addition and inset from each side of the addition 2’0”; (B) The design of the proposed font dormers should be restudied in order to have them be in keeping with the overall character of the house, with the addition of two rather than three dormers. Approved,  8-0.


CAPITOL HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT
Northeast Library, 330 7th Street, NE, HPA #08-158, concept/restoration, alterations.
The Review Board approved the proposed restoration of the façade of the building with the following condition, delegating final approval to staff: a master stone mason should be employed for the restoration of the limestone. Vote: 7-0.

The Board expressed its support for the proposed improvements to the landscape plan, however, they did not take any action asking that the applicant return to the Board with a plan that addresses the following concerns: (A) the need for a low maintenance landscape plan that has a long-term maintenance plan included as part of the proposal; (B) the need to explore the suggestion of the ANC to remove the existing curb cut from 7th Street to the parking area and instead access it from the alley, which would allow for an expansion of the green space along 7th Street; (C) the need to reach out to the community, notably the Capitol Hill Garden Club, in order to receive community input and support on the proposed landscape plan.

612 E Street SE, HPA #08-122, concept/addition.
The Board asked the applicant to meet with neighbors and the ANC and refine the design and return to the HPRB.  No vote was taken.


CONSENT CALENDAR

The Historic Preservation Review Board met and considered the following consent items on February 28, 008.  These items were proposed for approval by the Board based upon the written record, without discussion. The Consent Calendar was approved by a vote of 9-0.


HISTORIC LANDMARK
The Carlton Hotel, 923 16th Street, NW, HPA #08-097, nine-story addition on K Street.
The staff report recommended the Board approve the addition as consistent with the purposes of the preservation act, delegating final approval to staff.

Capitol Hill Historic District
1107 D Street, SE, HPA #08-131, rear addition.
The Review Board approved the design contingent upon a refinement to the fenestration of the rear elevation.
 
225 9th Street, NE, HPA #08-123, rear addition.
The staff report recommended the Board approve the addition as consistent with the purposes of the preservation act.


1351 A Street, NE, HPA #08-168, concept/construction of new garage in rear yard.
The staff report recommended the Review Board approve the alterations as consistent with the purposes of the preservation act, delegating final approval to staff.

Cleveland Park Historic District
3104 33rd Place, NW, HPA #08-163, concept/alterations to garage and front entry.
The staff report recommended the Review Board approve the alterations as consistent with the purposes of the preservation act, delegating final approval to staff.
Mount Pleasant Historic District
3201 18th Street, NW, HPA #08-162, concept/alterations for handicap accessibility.
The staff report recommended the Board approve the alterations as consistent with the purposes of the preservation act, delegating final approval to staff.
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