June 30, 2011
The Historic Preservation Review Board met and considered the following items June 30, 2011. Present: Catherine Buell, Chair; Elinor Bacon, Tersh Boasberg, Maria Casarella, Christopher Landis, Robert Sonderman and Joseph Taylor.
Historic Preservation Plan for the District of Columbia, 2012-2016 Report on 2012 Annual Work Plan.
LANDMARK DESIGNATION HEARING
Civil Service Building, 1724 F Street, NW, Case #11-14.
The Board designated the property a landmark and recommended that the nomination be forwarded to the National Park Service for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Vote: 7-0.
CAPITOL HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT
7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, HPA #11-195, revised concept/redevelopment of Hine Junior High School site.
The Board voted to approve the revised height, scale, and massing of the conceptual plans, including recommendations made by the HPO and Board members. Vote: 6-0 (Landis, Sonderman, Casarella, Buell, Taylor and Bacon in support; Boasberg recused.)
U STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT
1905 – 1917 14th Street, NW, HPA #11-323, concept/new construction.
The HPRB voted to deny the project in concept, finding the height and mass incompatible. The Board suggested restudy the height and setbacks of the top two floors, that the Wallach Place elevation step down and be set further in, and that the commercial-feeling fenestration be reevaluated. The applicants were also directed to bring building examples and measurements of heights and setbacks on other projects approved on 14th Street when the project returns. Vote: 6-0 (Landis, Boasberg, Casarella, Buell, Taylor and Bacon).
TAKOMA PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT
231 Carroll Street, NW, HPA #11-282, concept/new construction.
The HPRB adopted the staff report, which recommended that the Board approve the project in concept, direct the applicant to work on refinements as discussed in the staff report, and to delegate final approval to the HPO. Vote: 6-0 (Sonderman and Scott absent).
CAPITOL HILL HISTORIC DISTRIC
801 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, HPA #11-244, rooftop antennas .
The HPRB adopted the staff report, which recommended that the Board approve the antennas with stealthing as consistent with the purposes of the Act and added that the HPRB would not likely support additional antennas at this location. Vote: 6-0 (Sonderman and Scott absent).
MOUNT VERNON SQUARE HISTORIC DISTRICT
1232, 1234, 1236 New Jersey Avenue NW, HPA #11-268, raze/three rowhouses.
The Review Board approved the conceptual plan to preserve the character defining features of 1232, 1234 and 1236 New Jersey Avenue and delegate final approval to staff on the following conditions: (1) Removal will include the rear ell, rear facades and second rooms (first and second stories); (2) The front facades, the party walls to a depth of approximately 14 feet, and intact wood framing of the front rooms (first and second floors) will be stabilized and preserved; (3)The retained portions of the buildings will be sufficiently braced with steel members before demolition begins; (4) The retained portions of the buildings will be secured with a temporary roof and frame rear walls; (5) HPO staff shall approach DDOT and seek mitigation of parking and congestion issues of applicant viz. intersection of New Jersey and New York Avenues. Vote: 5-0 (Landis, Boasberg, Casarella, Buell, Taylor).
The HPRB approved the following items on the consent calendar. Vote: 7-0.
CAPITOL HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT
212 7th Street, SE, HPA #11-242, one-story rear addition to restaurant.
424-426 3rd Street, NE, HPA #11-319, demolition of existing church building.
818 C Street, NE, HPA #11-288, concept/two-story rear addition and restoration of façade.
SHAW HISTORIC DISTRICT
1109 M Street, NW, HPA #11-284, concept/rear addition.