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HDC_04 01 1980M I N U T E S HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION APRIL 1, 1980 4:00 P.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: MR. JOHN JARRARD, CHAIRMAN MS. BETH FOT I MR. SAM STRAUSS MR. GEORGE WORTHEN MEMBERS ABSENT: MR. ROBERT CONNER STAFF PRESENT: MR. MIKE DOOLEY MR. NATHANIEL GRIFFIN Minutes of the March 4, 1980 meeting were accepted and approved. There was some discussion about the title of the proposed Historic District and the possibility of creating confusion with the National Register Historic District. It was resolved that the Little Rock Historic District Commission will title its first project area the MacArthur Park Historic District in recognition of the history of the arsenal and its grounds, and its central location within our project area. In trying to put together our Historic District Package, which will include the Ordinance, the By-Laws and the Guidelines, several items were addressed; 1. It was determined that of the two line drawings of the Arsenal by Mr. Richard DeSpain, the Commission preferred the 1863 rendering rather than the newer version. However, it was the Commissions viewpoint that the soldiers standing in front of the 1863 drawing were not appropriate. The Commission requested the Staff to try to locate another photograph of that period showing details of the Arsenal and its accessory structures, without the Union troops. If that could be located, then request the Graphics and Design Division of the Planning Office to pen its own AM, version of the photograph. If not, we will proceed using the more recent line drawing by Mr. DeSpain. 2. The latest drawings of four of the five representative architectural styles were presented along with the appro- priate architectural terms for each. The terms were approved by the Commission subject to the Staff rearranging them so that the directional lines do not cross. 3. Presented were four of the five architectural styles that have been poorly modified. They were accepted as submitted and the staff was authorized to proceed with having them reduced to a workable size. 4. In that our last Craftsman example resembled a Tudor Style residence, a photograph of a smaller bungalow was presented. The Commission agreed that it would serve much better and directed the Staff to proceed with the terms and the poorly modified sketch. 5. A summary paragraph of the various other architectural styles within the MacArthur Park Historic District was discussed. It was agreed that we might need to at least mention some of these styles in the Guidelines but that detailed information for same was not necessary. 6. Another item for inclusion in the Guidelines deals with signage in the area. It was agreed to prohibit billboards within the district and to adopt the sign standards found in the Capitol Zoning District's Mansion Area rather than use the sign code in effect for the rest of the City. The Staff was asked to check with the City Attorney's office to see how and if this can be accomplished. Our strategy for developing a legislative package for the review and change of the Historic District enabling legislation was discussed. The principals to be involved will include; the Little Rock Historic District Commission, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Quapaw Quarter Association, the Little Rock Planning Staff and any interested preservation architect who wishes to participate. It was decided that this Commission will hold a work session to review the State Act on Tuesday, April 15th, at 4:00 p.m. in the Board of Directors Conference Room at City Hall. Enclosed with these Minutes, you should find a copy of that legislation with specific points of concern underlined. Subsequent to the Commission's work session, we will contact the other interested parties to evaluate their comments and concerns. The Commission requested the Staff to research an existing sign belonging to Park View Apartments between 9th and 10th Streets on Commerce. An inspection of said sign has been arranged through the Code Enforcement Section of City Hall and the results are forthcoming. WMD /se