Landmark Commission sends West Line case to architectural review board
Last week, the plaintiffs applied to the Historic Monuments Board for permission to demolish a building in the historic West Line district and replace it with a one-story cabin and garage at 1415 W. 10th St.
The building, which was first constructed in 1939, was not approved for demolition; instead, the commission requested that the case be reviewed by the architectural review committee.
A factor in favor of the applicants is that the building is considered not to contribute to the historic district in which it is located.
According to the city, a building is defined as non-contributory when it “was not built during the period of importance for the district… (or if it presents) architectural modifications which compromise the capacity of the structure to transmit its historical aspect ”.
In theory, the presence of the building has no impact on the character of the neighborhood.
That said, city employees and the Historic Monuments Commission wanted to exercise caution before moving the approval process forward – not because the building will be seen as a loss to the neighborhood, but because the design of the building that could replace it has raised concerns about how it could affect the character of the neighborhood.
The plans submitted to the city by the applicant show that the proposed design of the new building is much more modern than the rest of the West Line Historic District. According to the Interior Ministry, the most prominent architectural styles in the region are the artisanal and neoclassical-inspired bungalows built at the start of the 20th century.
The first homes began to appear in the West Austin neighborhood in the 1850s and development continued until 1948, marking nearly a century of continued expansion in the area. The district’s historic period officially ended in 1955.
From 1910 to 1930, nearly 20 subdivisions were added to the neighborhood, strongly motivated by the neighborhood’s proximity to Austin’s then robust streetcar system.
Adrienne and Kirk Goldsberry, who live in a nearby house, submitted a comment saying they felt “the project is considerably larger and different in style from most, if not all of the other buildings in the Old West Austin neighborhood. The steel fence is not neighborhood compatible and is rather “tough” in a pedestrian area suitable for families. “
At last week’s meeting, President Terri Myers voiced similar concerns, saying the design “is quite a departure, and I would love the opportunity to meet with the candidates and discuss how which it could integrate into the character of the historic district. better.”
In the end, the commissioners followed the suggestion of city employees and voted to have the case considered further by the architectural review committee in the hope of finding common ground between the design goals. of the owner and concerns about the character of the neighborhood.
The case is expected to be referred again to the Historic Monuments Commission at the July 26 meeting.
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