Hudson's historic preservation law, Chapter 169 of the city code, states: "A certificate of appropriateness is required to carry out any exterior alteration, additions, restoration, reconstruction, demolition, new construction, or moving of a landmark or property within an historic district, or to make any material change in the appearance of such a property or its windows." In practice, because it is not considered a material change, the Historic Preservation Commission has never intervened when it comes to paint. As a consequence, at least one brick building, which had never been painted before, was painted a few years ago, without a certificate of appropriateness from the HPC.
Recently, another paint-related change to a historic house was brought to Gossips' attention. The entry doors at 125 Warren Street, which were natural wood and were never painted before, are now being painted.
The picture above, which was taken this morning, shows what appears to be a primer on the doors.
It has been suggested in the past that when masonry or wood that has never been painted before is to be painted, or when paint is to be removed from masonry or wood that has historically been painted, the action should require a certificate of appropriateness. Whether this requires an amendment to the law or can simply be achieved by a change in practice by the HPC, it is definitely something that should be seriously considered.
Assessment Footnote: The 2018 assessment on this house was $350,000. Its full market value at that time was $454,545. Its tentative assessment is $1,200,000. It is currently for sale, with an asking price of $1,295,000.
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