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One of the more interesting and popular ways to increase density in historic Single-Family-Housing neighborhoods is to allow a carriage house toward the backside of the lot. Often, the new residence will sit on the second floor of a new garage for the property. This has been occurring with relative regularity within the urban core, so it wasn’t surprising to see such a proposal to this Victorian on Park:
However, this carriage house in particular jumped off the latest IHPC agendaÂ (page 113):
The IHPC staff issued these responses:
THE DESIGN DILEMMA Staff has struggled with this design. There is no precedent for a design of this nature. On the one hand, as an individual artistic piece, it appeals to our modernist side. On the other hand, staff finds it difficult to define how it â€œappropriatelyâ€ fits on this location, given the Old Northside Guidelines. Below are the guidelines for New Construction in the Old Northside Plan. We have highlighted the parts of the guidelines that staff find problematic with respect to this design
Although new construction should be done in the contemporary style, it should not detract from the historical fabric. New construction can and should relate to the historical quality of the area through similar use of form, texture, materials, color, etc.
New construction must pay deference to several standards of scale in order to maintain the districtâ€™s personal qualities.
Since the silhouette, shadows and multifaceted surfaces (or lack of them) create much of the interest and continuity of historic structures, all new construction must be compatible with the existing outline of surrounding buildings.
The building materials which are exposed to public view should harmonize with the traditional materials, uses, colors, textures, proportions, and combinations of materials original to the Old Northside. The physical composition of the materials may be different from that of the historic materials but a complementary appearance should be sought.
In addition, this situation does not meet the criteria for a Certificate of Authorization
According to the IHPC record, this design has been continued on to the next meeting. It will be interesting to see how much, if any, of this eye-catching design will make it into any potential second round of proposals.