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?