Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Design Review Agenda – January 2020

January 29, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Garrett Nelson

2.  Director’s Report: Jack Thomson

3.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

4.  Hennigan Place, 3603 Tilley Morris Road, Matthews, N.C.

Polaris Map of Property

Proposed Floor Plan

Additional Photographs of the Property

The applicant is proposing modifications to the house’s existing historic stone foundation.

Applicant’s reasons for this request:

1. While bringing the home up to industry standards for the HVAC system, a new unit was installed in the ceiling to handle the second floor and a second unit was placed in the crawl space to efficiently heat and cool the entire first floor. By placing the one unit in the crawl, it eliminated the need for chases to carry the air floor back to the ceiling. Building code requires the unit to be protected from the outside elements.

2. Enclosing the crawl will allow for better insulation underneath the house to help with heating and cooling.

3. By enclosing the crawl, this will reduce the chance of water intrusion underneath the original home and keep the moisture content at a standard level. You can see signs of damage from the one picture of the original hardwood floors.

4. Enclosing the crawl will keep unwanted guests from taking shelter or nesting under the home.

Hennigan Place

Hennigan Place

5.  Blakeney House, 9118 Blakeney Heath Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Polaris Map of Property

Proposed Site Plan

The applicant is seeking approval of an infill development plan.

Blakeney House

Blakeney Land

6.  Frank R. McNinch House, 2401 Sharon Lane, Charlotte, N.C.

Polaris Map of Property

Proposed Site Plan

The applicant is seeking approval of an infill development plan.

McNinch House

McNinch House

7.  Old Business

8.  New Business

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values.

1. A property will be used as it was historically or be given a new use that requires minimal change to its distinctive materials, features, spaces and spatial relationships.

2. The historic character of a property will be retained and preserved. The removal of distinctive materials or alteration of features, spaces and spatial relationships that characterize a property will be avoided.

3. Each property will 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 elements from other historic properties, will not be undertaken.

4. Changes to a property that have acquired historic significance in their own right will be retained and preserved.

5. Distinctive materials, features, finishes and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property will be preserved.

6. Deteriorated historic features will be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature will match the old in design, color, texture and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features will be substantiated by documentary and physical evidence.

7. Chemical or physical treatments, if appropriate, will be undertaken using the gentlest means possible. Treatments that cause damage to historic materials will not be used.

8. Archaeological resources will be protected and preserved in place. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures will be undertaken.

9. New additions, exterior alterations or related new construction will not destroy historic materials, features and spatial relationships that characterize the property. The new work will be differentiated from the old and will be compatible with the historic materials, features, size, scale and proportion, and massing to protect the integrity of the property and its environment.

10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction will 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.