Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Best Laid Plans

The new owners of 226-228 Warren Street appeared before the Historic Preservation Commission several times. The HPC was very thorough and patient about advising the owners and explaining their expectations. 

Since no photographs could be found that showed the building as it was originally or in the 19th century, and the building was being converted from an apartment building to a mixed use building with commercial space on the ground floor, the HPC encouraged the owners to use the projecting storefronts on other buildings on the block as a model for what they were planning for their building. There was a lot of conversation about compatibility and creating something that was in keeping with the historic character of the block and the city. 

Finally, at their September meeting, the Historic Preservation Commission granted the project a certificate of appropriateness, and Gossips reported on it.   

So how did we end up with this?


  1. Looks like a Home Depot version of history to me.

  2. haha Stock prefab crap - brilliant example of lack of knowledge or willingness - a lesson for Historic Preservation - the bar can never get too low!

  3. This comment came from Chuck Hallenbeck:

    The principle is:

    It's easier to get forgiveness than permission.


  4. Wow. Its seems impossible one could think this appropriate, much less desirable. True indeed, a lesson for the HPC. Imagine the bottom, and adjust for at least 20 rungs below that~!

  5. How did we end up with this?

    Seems the owners did get permission and are adhering to
    both the designs and materials approved by the HPC.

    As to forgiveness......

  6. If the owners got permission and did not follow the approved design and materials then we need to have a stronger enforcement capability.

  7. I think what FakesNfrauds is saying is that they ARE doing what was approved by the HPC, but that doesn't seem to be the case to me. This merits further investigation.

  8. Unbelievable, what a step backwards.