Today, Gossips learned that Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton has appointed Kate Johns as the architect member of the HPC. Johns is the principal of Kate Johns AIA, an architectural firm specializing in new traditional architecture and historic preservation. The firm's website has this to say about its historic preservation philosophy:
The term "historic preservation" encompasses many levels of intervention with en existing building. From strict "preservation" of an historic structure according to the Secretary of the Interior's standards, to renovation, adaptive reuse, and additions, our firm has many years of experience with them all.
We approach renovations with a lifetime's knowledge of historical architecture and an eye to preserving as many important original features and finishes as possible while upgrading the structural stability, energy efficiency, and modern-day use of the building. Our additions strive to respect the design intent of the original architect or that of the most prevalent style of architecture the building maintains. As in our new construction, we strive to harmonize rather than to make a "design statement."Johns will join the HPC at its first meeting in August, which takes place on Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m.
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