The mission of the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally. HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public.
I review Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) applications for a National Register district. A restaurant owner submitted an application to replace the large glass panes in the storefront with operable windows. The existing glass is not original and likely was installed in the last 30 years, well after the end of the Period of Significance.
Is anyone aware of a historic building, or contributing building in a historic district, where this has been done, proposed, or approved by a local historic preservation board?
Mike Davenport, AIA
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Thank you for your response. The local historic design guidelines, the Secretary of Interior Standards, and the storefront windows being a character-defining feature have all been raised regarding this proposal. Because so many restaurants are now opening up their front facades, it seemed worthwhile to do some research on what has been the experience of other historic boards with this type of request.
Contact Preservation Planner Marissa Moshier at the City of Orange, CA. They have done a great job with this issue, particularly at the award-winning Urth Café on the southwest quadrant of the Plaza at Chapman and Glassell.
Robert Jay Chattel, AIA, President
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Nan Anderson, FAIA