Architectural Review Committee Report: January 2016

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee

Monday, January 11, 2016

ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Lois Orr, Ana Evans, Win Brown, Ron Ngiam, Tina Mead, Phil Eagleburger, Anne Weir and Danny Ince

Also attending were Nick Netchvolodoff, CPHS President, Stefan Hurray, CPHS Board member, and Carin Ruff, CPHS Executive Director

3028 Newark Street, NW

The proposal includes landscaping the rear yard including the construction of several flagstone terraces and steps, a pea gravel patio, new plantings and retaining walls. The site is steeply sloped and subject to erosion due to water run-off. The goals of the project are to create some usable outdoor space and to address the issue of water runoff. The neighbors have been contacted and most have responded, with no objection. There is one response still outstanding.

The ARC has no objection to the proposed concept. However, the ARC is concerned about the imposing nature of the height of the 6 foot portion of the retaining wall on the south side.

The motion passed 8-1.

3422 36th Street, NW

The proposal includes the razing of the existing garage and a replacement largely in kind. The new garage would be extended 4 feet in the rear, the existing driveway would be replaced and widened by 2 feet, and the apron and curb cut would also be widened. The existing brick patio and stockade fence would also be replaced. The new garage would be hardiplank, and the driveway stamped concrete. The garage is significantly deteriorated, as is the driveway. The neighbors have been contacted and have no objection.

The ARC has no objection to the proposed project. However, the ARC recommends that the shade and color of the concrete be considered with care and that the homeowners work with HPO on an appropriate color and design.

The motion passed 9-0.

3515 Woodley Road, NW

Owner: 3515 Woodley Ventures (Barrett Evans)

Agent: Ralph Cunningham, Cunningham | Quill Architects

The proposal includes the reconstruction of the house that was razed as well as building a previously proposed rear addition and new driveway. Due to an incident involving the underpinning, the structure of the original house became compromised and it was determined by DCRA that the original house needed to be razed. The current proposal differs from the 2014 proposal in several respects including realigning the front steps and walkway, replacement of the front 3rd floor dormer windows, and a redesign of the rear of the house. While several of the neighbors have been contacted, the ARC requests that the owner supply the ARC with the neighbor consent form.

The ARC does not object to the proposal. However, the circumstances of the razing of a contributing structure in the historic district remain an issue of great concern. Our lack of objection to the new proposal should not in any way be interpreted as an endorsement of the series of events that lead to the demolition and the lack of communication thereafter. CPHS has requested the administrative records under the FOIA and the ARC does not consider this issue closed. Furthermore, the ARC requests a copy of the permit drawings in order to review the extent of the replication of original house in detail.

The motion passed 9-0.