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HDC_12 01 2022Little Rock HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT 723 West Markham Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1334 Phone: (501) 371-4790 Fax:(501) 399-3435 www.littlerock.gov LITTLE ROCK HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION AGENDA Thursday, December 1, 2022, 4:00 p.m. Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 W. 12th Street I. Roll Call Members Present: Vice Chair, Christina Aleman Jonathan Nunn Tom Fennell Amber Haugen Members Absent: Chair, Amber Jones Mark Hinson Vacant Position Staff Present: Hannah Ratzlaff Walter Malone Shawn Overton Citizens Present: lain Montgomery Greg Hiegel Joe Flaherty II. Finding a Quorum Quorum was present being four 4) in number with one vacant position. III. Minutes A. November 3, 2022 Commissioner Fennell made a motion to approve the minutes as submitted. Commissioner Haugen seconded. The motion passed by a voice vote. B. November 16, 2022 Commissioner Fennell made a motion to approve the minutes as submitted. Commissioner Nunn seconded. The motion passed by a voice vote. IV. National Register Nominations 1. None V. Deferred Certificates of Appropriateness 1.None VI. New Certificates of Appropriateness 1.HDC2022-025 418-422 E. 15th Street Porch Column Replacement 2 December 1 , 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 NAME: Porch Column Replacement LOCATION: 418-422 E. 15th OWNER/AUTHORIZED AGENT: Zach Saxion/ Saxion Enterprises LLC 418-422 E 15th Street, Little Rock, AR Greg Hiegel/ Hiegel Building Solutions 278 Hwy 65 N, Conway, AR Figure 1. 418-422 E 15th Street front elevation, March 2022. Figure 2. 418-422 E 15th Street front elevation, November 2022. 3 December 1, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 AREA: 0.21 acres NUMBER OF LOTS: 1 WARD: 1 HISTORIC DISTRICT: MacArthur Park Historic District HISTORIC STATUS: Contributing CURRENT ZONING: R4A -Low Density Residential A. BACKGROUND Location The subject property is located at 418-422 E 15th Street. The property's legal description is "Lot 7 and the South 14 feet of Lot 8, Block 54, Original City of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas" Context The most recent National Register survey form, 2007, PU2933, describes the structure: "c. 1930's apartment building with Art Moderne style influences including smooth wall surfaces, small coping at roof edge and emphasis on horizontal lines in the fac;ade". See Attachment A. This structure is considered Contributing to the MacArthur Park Historic District. The lot is shown vacant on the 1939 Sanborn Map (Figure 3), indicating it was constructed c. 1940's rather than 1930's. The structure is first shown on the 1950 Sanborn Map (Figure 4) as a two-story, concrete block construction, multi-family dwelling. The principal form of the structure is irregular with three two-story flats set side by side with each stepping back further into the lot. Figure 3. 418-422 E 15th Location in MacArthur Park Historic District 4 December 1 , 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 The setbacks create a stair stepped effect when looking down the fagade from Figure 4 . 418-422 E 15th. 1939 Sanborn Map of Little Rock. Figure 5. 418-422 E 15th. 1950 Sanborn Map of Little Rock. Commerce Street. The concrete block construction is clad in brick veneer and topped with a flat roof with coping at the edge. Each two-story sub-section has a one-story wraparound front porch with a hipped asphalt roof. Porches were supported by ornamental scroll wrought iron porch columns and decorative bracket corners (now removed). The structure's fenestration is primarily eight pane steel casements with one replacement two­ over-two horizontal pane casement on the western elevation. Windows are supported by concrete sills and lintels. Two doors are beneath each porch, providing separate entries to the bottom and top living areas of each section. In summary, the 1940's apartment building displays Art Moderne and International style influences with a painted brick veneer (possibly to resemble stucco), metal casements, and a strong emphasis on orthogonal form. The exterior of the building has been relatively unaltered, except for repainting, until recently when the porch columns and brackets were removed and replaced with cedar posts. Figure 6. 418-422 E 15th, 1978 Quapaw Quarter Association Survey. 5 December 1, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 Ornamental wrought iron porch columns were historically more prevalent in the district than what is present today. Many single-family homes that had decorative metal porch columns near 418-422 E. 15th have been lost due to demolition, such as 1416 Commerce and 1517 Commerce. The lost porch columns were the most ornate feature of the structure apart from its irregular form. Figure 7. 1517 Commerce, Quapaw Quarter Association 1978 Survey. Figure 8. 1416 Commerce, Quapaw Quarter Association 1978 Survey. Recent Action On December 19, 2022, a Certificate of Compliance was issued for roof repairs. On October 12, 2022, a Stop Work Order was issued for unpermitted exterior alterations. No other actions were found. B. PROPOSAL/REQUEST/APPLICANT'S STATEMENT: The application request is a result of enforcement action. The applicant applied for a building permit to remodel the six apartment units and the scope listed was interior only and did not include exterior plans. The decorative scroll porch columns and brackets were removed and replaced with cedar posts without review. 6 December 1 , 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 This application seeks to mend the unpermitted work by replacing the cedar posts with steel decorative porch columns similar in design to the originals. The application does not include a submission for the replacement of the ornamental brackets. C. EXISTING CONDITIONS: See Application Packet Photos and Attachment B-site photos. D. NEIGHBORHOOD COMMENTS: The time of distribution, there were no comments regarding this application. All owners of properties located within 200 feet of the site and all neighborhood associations registered with the City of Little Rock that surround the site were notified of the public hearing. E. ANALYSIS: The porch columns proposed are steel 8' tall and 9" width scroll design decorative corner columns. They are Figure 9. Close upof front porch hefore alterations. manufactured with 1" square tubing and are decorative only, not designed for structural support. See Attachment C for product details. Figure 10. Close up of front porch after alterations. The Secretary of the Interior's Standard #2 states: "The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials 7 December 1, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 or the alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be Figure 11. Original porch column. Figure 12. Applicant proposed replacement column. avoided". Concerning the MacArthur Park Historic District Design Guidelines, Section Ill. 8. 4. Porches: Porch Details and Steps, Stair Railing states: "Porches on the front and sides facades should be maintained in their original configuration and with original materials and detailing." "Porch details should be retained intact, with repair or replacement of missing parts (columns, posts, railings, balusters, decorative molding and trim work) to match the original in design, materials, scale, and placement." The National Register staff at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program determined that the removal of the wrought iron columns and installation of the cedar posts would not delist the structure but would place it in jeopardy of delisting if other additional alterations were made. The NR team stated that 8 December 1 , 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 wood was not an appropriate material for this style and metal would be a more appropriate replacement if the original was lost. The proposed replacement columns meet the expectation of the Guidelines in scale and placement. The replacement material of steel is comparable to wrought iron for this feature. The design is similar in theme to the original in that it utilizes scrolls; however, the substitute element is much simpler in design than the original and is missing scroll brackets in comparison to the original. Staff finds the request is partially consistent with the design guidelines and Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. During further research, staff identified another replacement option which more closely resembles the original porch columns. See Attachment D for product details. Staff identified an 8' tall and 9" to 12" width aluminum decorative ornamental column, Series 60 column style 304/305. The columns are manufactured with 1 1/2"' tubing, are load bearing, and are available in both flat straight and corner configurations. Staff finds that this column design more closely resembles the detailing of the missing original columns and would be supportive if the applicant is open to considering this alternative option. F. STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends the approval of the repiacement of the porch columns with the steel decorative porch columns submitted, with the following conditions: 1.Provide evidence that structural supports are not necessary for the porches. 2.Decorative porch columns will be installed in both the flat and corner configurations in the same arrangement and location as the originals. G. COMMISSION ACTION: December 1 , 2022 Hannah Ratzlaff, Staff, made a presentation to the Commission. She provided an update to the application and staff report. She stated the applicant was willing to install the suggested Series 60 porch columns rather than the decorative porch columns originally submitted. Ratzlaff stated, in this case, the new recommendation was approval with the condition that columns be installed in both flat and corner configurations in the same arrangement and location as the originals. Greg Hiegel, authorized agent and applicant, welcomed questions from the Commission concerning the application. Vice Chair Aleman opened Commission discussion. Commissioner Fennell said he agreed with staff's recommendation and product suggestion. Vice Char Aleman asked if the applicant was amenable to staff's product suggestion. Mr. Hiegel confirmed that they are amenable to the staff recommended porch columns and have already discussed pricing and 9 December 1 , 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 shipping with the manufacturer and all looked good. He felt it would be a better solution. Commissioner Fennell made a motion to approve the application with staff's recommendation, that the aluminum decorative ornamental columns, Series 60 column style 304/305, be installed with the condition that they are installed in the flat and corner configurations in the same arrangement and location as the originals. Commissioner Haugen seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 4 ayes, 0 noes, 2 absent (Jones and Hinson), and 1 vacant position. 10 December 1, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 Attachment D from Item One Staff Report Approved Product -Series 6D 304/305 11122122. 4:25 PM Senes 60: Ornamental ColU1TM1s· S14>0rior Aluminum SUPERIOR <n ALUMINUM PRODUCTS Call Superior Aluminum at 800-548-8656 (tel:8005488656) SERIES 60 DECORATIVE ORNAMENTAL COLUMNS Many projects aim to be unique and exciting, feats that typical round and square columns cannot always accomplish. For these scenarios, Superior Aluminum offers a full range of decorative aluminum columns. Ten unique designs, utilizing the same scrolls as our 6E Economy Picket Railing Series, can be seen above. These designs assure that no matter what type of project you are working with, from a quick renovation to a fresh and unique design; Superior Aluminum has a decorative column to match. Decorative Ornamental Columns by Superior offer architectural interest in residential and small commercial spaces while still supplying the load-bec1ring support you require*. Columns are available in multiple size combinations utilizing different sizes of tubing as noted in the chart below. Each column design type is available** in both straight and corner configurations for your convenience. https://www.superioraluminurn.com/rpoducts/aluminum-railingseries06E-residential/decorative-columns/ 11 December 1, 2022 ITEM NO.: ONE FILE NO.: HDC2022-025 11/22/22. 4:25 PM "'1 W square tubing columns (9. and 12") load bearing at 2,500 Jbs for flat applications and 6,500 lbs for corner applications *"' Please note that Series 6D column styles 314/315, 3161317. 352/353, and 3541355 are subject to limited availability and stock. Width Tubing Sizes Standard Height 9" 1 1/2" 8' or Custom Heights Availab 12" 11/2"or 2"or21/2" 8' or Custom Heights Availab PRODUCTS WHAT'S NEW? (/WHATS-NEW/) l>t1pr,:/,..,__.upe,;oralumlntan.DJm/llrodUC15'aluminoowailing,'ser185-6E-1861dentieVdeoorabve-oolumnsl 2/4 12 December 1, 2022 VI I. Other Matters A.Certified Local Government Program with lain Montgomery (AHPP) lain Montgomery, CLG Coordinator and Historic Preservation Fund at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, gave a short presentation on the role of the Little Rock Certified Local Government. Montgomery said the Certified Local Government Program's purpose is to facilitate state and local government cooperation with federal partners to promote nationwide preservation initiatives. At the local level, state and federal programs look for ways to partner with local CLG's to assist in local preservation initiatives. The roles of a local CLG goes beyond the review of local ordinance district applications and design review. CLG's also have a role in National Register nomination review, the inventory of historic properties, providing or assisting in local incentives for preservation efforts, the management of brick-and-mortar grants, and sometimes local property acquisition. Montgomery talked about the CLG grant program funded through the Historic Preservation Fund-appropriated by Congress through the National Parks Service-available to local CLG communities and administered through the state's historic preservation office, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. There are twenty-one CLG programs in the State, including the Little Rock Historic District Commission. He shared that CLG's are not required to apply for the grant every year, but Little Rock is one of the most activH programs with the grant. He shared that the grant fills in some gaps in project funding that other AHPP grants do not target, such as Commissioner training, National Register nominations, National Register surveys, and design guidelines. Local CLG programs also have access to the technical services provided by AHPP. Montgomery asked if there were any questions by the Commission and stated that Little Rock had a very well run Certified Local Government program. Montgomery asked if the Commission had discussed grant projects for the 2023-2024 grant cycle. Ratzlaff said they had discussed continuing the Hillcrest resurvey efforts and hiring a consultant to prepare future design guidelines for the Central High School Neighborhood Historic District, pending on if it passes. Montgomery said that Eureka Springs just finished new design guidelines prepared by The Lakota Group out of Chicago. Ratzlaff said it is good to know possible firm names, but the project would be bid out per the City's procurement policy. Commissioner Fennell said it would be appropriate 13 December 1 , 2022 to ask for letters of interest ahead of advertising the bid to gauge interest. Ratzlaff agreed. B.Enforcement Issues None C.Certificates of Compliance None D.Citizen Communication No citizens chose to speak during this time. Ratzlaff shared that the Quapaw Quarter Association was hosting tax credit and grant sessions with the Wright Avenue Neighborhood Association at WANA's meetings. Heather Carter, who manages the Historic Restoration Preservation Grants (HPRG), and Ralph Wilcox, National Register and Survey Coordinator, from the AHPP will present at WANA's next meeting. This education initiative by the QQA and the AHPP with be beneficial to the community regardless of the LOO proposal and is a great opportunity to answer more in-depth questions about grants and the National Register. Ratzlaff also stated that there is still an open position on the Commission and the City was accepting applications. Commissioner Fennell asked if the Board appoints the position. Walter Malone, staff, said that the Mayor seeks an appointment with the consent of the Board of Directors. Malone stated that someone can apply online at any time in the year for a position on any Commission; they do not have to wait for a position to be open. When the position is open, the City will request applications for several weeks and any applications submitted during that time and any applications submitted that year will be reviewed. Ratzlaff stated the current open position on the HOC is for an owner and occupant of a structure located in a National Register Historic District other than the MacArthur Park Historic District. Vice Chair Aleman asked if anyone had applied yet. Ratzlaff said she would check in with the city clerk's office. Ratzlaff updated the Commission on the Resolution of Support initiative resulting from the last meeting on November 15th . She said the presentation to the Board had been moved from December 5th to one of the Board meetings in January. A presentation was ready to go, prepared by Commissioner Nunn. Commissioner Aleman said she was glad the resolution and presentation were prepared even though they now had more time. 14 December 1, 2022 Malone said that all HOC meetings for 2023 were scheduled to be held in the current room-Auditorium Room at the Willie Hinton Neighb orhood Resource Center-except for the May 2023 meeting. There was a conflict with the time and staff would let the Commission know when a different location was secured. VIII.Adjournment There was a motion to adjourn, and the meeting ended at 4:25pm. Attest: Chair Date Staff Date 15