Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Design Review Committee – August 30, 2017



1. Design Review Chairman’s Report

2. Consulting Director’s Report

3. Preservation Planner’s Report

A. Review of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation 1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.7. Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.

B. Discussion of  how the DRC should judge applications for rehabilitation projects.Rehabilitation” is defined as “the process of returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values.”

4. COA application for the demolition of the Query Spivey McGee Building, 600 S. College St, Charlotte

The applicant proposed to demolish the building, and install a plaque detailing the history of the building, similar to the example shown below. Photo documentation of the exterior and interior of the building will also be provided by the owner.

5. COA application for the Hennigan Place, 3603 Tilley Morris Rd, Matthews


The applicant proposes to add an addition to the rear of the Hennigan Place.  Changes to the interior of the house would be limited to converting the existing kitchen into a dining room, and the conversion of the keeping room into a bathroom and a laundry. 

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