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Architect modifies plans at HLC’s request

Friday, January 31, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

A case to alter the 1910 home at 1215 W. Ninth St., located in the West Line Historic District, came before the Historic Landmark Commission on Jan. 27. The proposal entailed a rehabilitation of the home that would remove the porte-cochere in front and add a one-story rear addition with a roof deck. Kevin Sims, who owns the property and is serving as the general contractor, said, “This will be a project that’s taking it down to the studs.” According to Deputy Historic Preservation Officer Cara Bertron, there was originally an application for demolition on the house, but the owner reconsidered and is now pursuing rehabilitation. “As much as I wanted to preserve what was there … it’s falling down,” said Sims, who added, “There’s really nothing holding up the building that could be considered structurally sound.” As part of the plans Sims presented, the gabled dormer that sits atop the home will be removed. However, the commissioners urged him to reinstate this architectural feature when he rebuilds the home. “I would really like to encourage you to retain that,” said Commissioner Terri Myers. “Otherwise, I think it lacks character.” Other commissioners agreed it was a distinctive feature that, in concert with the columned porch, characterizes the home. In light of the support for the overall project from staff, the commission and the community, Sims agreed. “In consideration of your request, I will rebuild it,” he said. The commission voted unanimously to approve the permit for the renovation.

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