Rector and Alvarez were generous in their praise of the new design. Rector called it a "big, big step in the right direction," and Alvarez said that he was "ecstatic that the porch [which goes back to the 1880s or 1890s] is coming back." Still Rector and Alvarez had some concerns, namely:
- the pitch of the roof and the gable, both of which are more shallow in the proposed design than in the original;
- the elimination of the windows in the gable;
- the change in the proportion and the configuration of the windows: the second story windows in the proposed design are larger than the original windows, and all the windows are six over six, which, in Rector's words, "has no historic bearing on the house," instead of the single pane sash seen in this vintage photograph.
Of the new design, Hamilton said it was "no small thing to get here" and asked the HPC to "consider how far we've come from the last design." Tom Swope, executive director of the Galvan Initiatives Foundation, who arrived midway through the workshop meeting, reminded the HPC that "the option always was to tear the buildings down." During the workshop, it was revealed that the HPC had requested a visit to the house, primarily to confirm that the roof framework was in fact 70 percent rotted, but their request had been denied for safety reasons.
Galvan Partners will present the new design to the full commission at its next regular meeting on September 14. It is not known if they will amend the design to address the concerns raised in the workshop or if they will present the design as it currently is.
Historic photograph courtesy Bruce Mitchinson