Monday, October 12, 2020
ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Phil Eagleburger, Ana Evans, Lois Orr, Anne Weir, Tina Mead, Win Brown, and David Kay. Also attending were Rick Nash, President of the Cleveland Park Historical Society and Camilla Carpenter, Executive Director, Cleveland Park Historical Society.
This meeting was held via ZOOM.
3711 35th Street, N.W.
Agent: Jerald Clark, Clark & Associates
3711 35th Street, a farmhouse-style structure, was built in 1916 and is a contributing structure in the Cleveland Park Historic District. The proposal includes a third floor addition, a three- story rear addition, a two- story side addition and enlarged front and side porches.
The proposal, as presented, envelopes the original house, substantially alters the historic character of the house and is not compatible with the historic district. The ARC encourages the owners and the architect to consult with the Historic Preservation Office and looks forward to reviewing subsequent proposals.
The motion passed 10-0.
3303 Highland Place, N.W.
Agent: VW Fowlkes and Martin Locraft, Fowlkes Studio
The proposal for the renovation of this 1912 house was originally presented to the ARC in November, 2019. Subsequently, the footprint of the west side addition was expanded, with HPO approval. The current proposal expands this addition from one story to two stories.
The ARC prefers the original one-story addition as previously presented to the ARC.
The motion passed 10-0.
3616 Ordway Street, N.W.
Agent: Seth Ballard, Ballard+Mensua Architects
3616 Ordway, a Spanish-revival style bungalow with a red tile roof, was built in 1923. The one and half story house has the second floor fitted into the dormers and is a contributing structure to the Cleveland Park Historic District. The proposal which was first presented to the ARC in September, 2020 included a rear two-story addition, an expanded basement, and the conversion of the existing garage to an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). In September, the ARC had concerns about the size and massing of the addition and of the ADU, the complexity of the proposed materials, the impact of the size of the second floor on the neighboring house, and the intersection of the existing and proposed roof lines.
In October, the ARC reviewed the revised drawings submitted by the architect to the ARC prior to the meeting. The revisions simplified the garage and the materials on the house, moved the well windows from the east to the west side of the house, slightly reduced the massing by indenting the house on the east side by two feet, and added a copper standing seam roof at the point where the addition joins the house. The proposal to widen the driveway has also been eliminated. It was determined that the garage is a contributing structure. As a result, the garage height will remain as built, the number of dormers will be reduced from four to one on the east side and the front of the structure will present as a garage door. Stucco siding will be used on the addition. The ARC had the following comments:
- While the reduction of the massing and the simplification of the materials is an improvement, further refinement with an eye towards retaining more of the bungalow style should be explored. A more distinct, simplified addition will further this aim.
- The rear roof line should be reduced slightly in order to reveal the hip lines of the existing roof.
- The redesigned ADU is an improved design.
- The mass of the second floor, particularly on the east side of the house remains an issue. The architect discussed flipping the rear addition from east to west. The ARC is supportive of this change and also suggests that the size of the second floor be reduced. The ARC would like to review these revised drawings.
The motion passed 10-0