City Advances Shotgun House Project – Sends Shakespeare Plan Back to Drawing Board
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by Larry Janezich
At its July 28 meeting the Historic Preservation Review Board advanced the plan to reconstruct the Shotgun House at 1229 E Street, SE, and found the new mixed use residential and retail project proposed by SGA Architects at 1230 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, to be compatible with the Capitol Hill Historic District. The vote was unanimous, 6 – 0.
For the shotgun house addition, the Board asked at its August 4 meeting, that the “proportions of the fenestration continue to be refined and the height of the roof be lowered; for the new construction on Pennsylvania, the Board asked that the size of the penthouse be reduced to the greatest extent possible, and that the design of the garage door continue to be refined. It was recommended that the applicant work with HPO on evaluating the potential for archaeological resources on the site.” Final approval was delegated to HPO. Vote: 6-0. See CHC post on the projects here: http://bit.ly/29buF8j and here: http://bit.ly/29O9X1Z
Michael Oxman’s proposal for a mixed use retail, office, residential project at 507 8th Street – currently used by the Shakespeare Theater as rehearsal space, did not fare as well before the board.
The Board found “the concept of adding a two-story addition of this size and visibility from the 8th Street, SE, right-of-way to be incompatible with the character of the historic district and advised the applicant to reduce the addition such that it will be smaller and less visible from the 8th Street, SE, right-of-way and return to the Board for further review.” The vote was unanimous, 7 – 0 . (See earlier CHC post on the project here: http://bit.ly/29XUNYi