Gossips has been observing the construction of the two houses at 102-104 Union Street and wondering about the discrepancy between the renderings presented to the Historic Preservation Commission--and to residents of the neighborhood at the public hearing--and the reality. Commenters--online and elsewhere--have pointed out that elevations not renderings are a reliable indication of a building's dimensions, and this afternoon, Tom Swope, chair of the Historic Preservation Commission sent Gossips the full package of drawings submitted to the HPC, including the elevations.
These don't seem to provide much help either unless you notice the little notation below each one, which says: "SCALE: ¼”=1 FOOT." To realize that the renderings did not accurately represent the buildings as they would be, the HPC would have had to measure the height of the buildings in the drawings in inches, calculate how many quarter-inches that was, and compare that number with the height in feet of 106 Union Street, if that were known. Then, to judge compatibility, they would have to imagine buildings with those dimensions on the site, since the renderings do not reflect those dimensions.
Whether this happened or not is unclear. It didn't happened in a public meeting. What has been confirmed, however, is that the buildings, although unlike the renderings, are apparently what the HPC granted a certificate of appropriateness.