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20200548 Ingram Residence SSPF 10-7-20 Preservation Foundation October 7, 2020 Ms. Tamie Ehinger, Chair F R Design Review Commission F c�R City Hall PRESERVATION 474 Broadway Saratoga Springs,NY 12866 RE: 207 Nelson Avenue—Additions Dear Tamie: The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has reviewed the application to construct additions at 207 Nelson Avenue. Board of Directors The circa 1860 Greek Revival residence is a contributing building to the East Side Adam N.Favro Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The front porch President appears to have been replaced at some point in the Colonial Revival style. James Gold Vice President The Foundation is pleased that the owners propose to retain and repair the front porch Linda Harvey-Opiteck and plan to remove the existing vinyl siding. If the wood siding is unable to be Secretary preserved, it should be replaced in-kind. The original windows should be repaired and Dmitriy Yermolayev be preserved. Further documentation of the condition of the windows should be Treasurer required if the owner plans to replace any of the original windows. Jaime Butler Caroline Cardone The following New Construction Historic District Design Guidelines for Additions should Giovanna a'Orazio be considered when reviewingthis application: Steven Dodds lip Sandra Fox John Haller • An addition should be located where it is least visible and designed to minimally Liz Israel Samantha Kercull affect the perception of the original structure. Douglas Kerr • Additions should not obscure, damage or destroy the character-defining features Richard King of the rima buildingor streetscape. Stephen Kyne primary P William McCarthy • Additions should be constructed so that, if removed in the future, the historic Dorothy Rogers-Bullis integrity of the building or its materials would not be irreparably damaged. Cindy Spence Jason Thomas • Materials and details should be similar to, or complement, the primary structure. Matthew Veitch • Accessory buildings and garages should reflect a secondary use and should not James Kettlewell compete with the primary facade of the building. emeritus • Placement towards the rear of the property is preferred. • If available, garage access is recommended to be from an alley or secondary Executive Director street. Samantha Bosshart • Open-air carports and porte-cocheres provide alternatives to contemporary Membership& garages. Programs Director Nicole Babie The Foundation does not object to additions made to historic buildings. It does not object to a rear addition to the house since it will not be visible from the public right- of-way. However, it has significant concerns about the proposed south and north additions. The house first appears on the 1866 Beers Map (see the attachment with various maps). The one-story south extension may be original to the house or built 112 Srrni ti[r,et. Su1rc 2r3 S.Iraco:4.1 Suing:. NY I2S6r, I' 51,S-31i 3n 3n shortly thereafter because it is shown on the map. The Foundation objects to the demolition of the extension since it does not appear that it cannot be preserved. In addition, the proposed south two-story addition will result in the removal of two windows on the south elevation of the main structure. The Foundation appreciates the examples of attached garages in the application. However, many of the examples are not located in a local historic district and the few examples that are located in a historic district were most likely built prior to the district being established or are not comparable examples (see attached evaluation of the provided examples). The Foundation does not object to the construction of a garage. However, it objects to the proposed placement of the garage. It is preferred that the garage be detached,placed further west on the lot, and have access off the alley. The Foundation appreciates that challenges of the current condition of the alley. However, others continue to use the alley to access their garages despite its condition, which could be addressed in the future. The Foundation appreciates the investment that the owner wants to make into this property. However, the proposed north, south, and west additions in total overwhelm the original main structure. Sincerely, Adam N. Favro amantha Bosshart President xecutive Director Cc: Matthew & Klare Ingram, Owners Sue Davis, Architect Bradley Birge, Administrator of the Office of Planning and Economic Development Evaluation of garage examples provided in the application for 207 Nelson Avenue The following addresses are not located in the local historic district: • 85 York Avenue • 105 Ludlow Street • 58 Fifth Avenue • 83 Fifth Avenue • 154 Lake Avenue • 220 East Avenue • 18 East Harrison • 229 Caroline Street • 87 Ludlow Street There are three examples of attached garages that were included that are located in the local historic district-204 Caroline Street, 173 Nelson Avenue, and 2 Mitchell Place. The attached garage at 204 Caroline Street was constructed in 1992,prior to my tenure at the Foundation, so I cannot speak as to how it was approved. However,it is much farther back from the street than the proposed attached garage. It is approximately 70' from the sidewalk and approximately 25' from the rear of the historic main structure. Without access to the Saratoga Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library,I cannot confirm the date of when the garage addition was made at 173 Nelson Avenue. It is possible it was before the historic district was established. Regardless,the attached garage is located on the secondary facade of the house (George Street),which if a garage is to be attached is preferred rather than being visible from the primary facade. Lastly,2 Mitchell Place is constructed on an alley and is in-keeping with the context of the alley as it references a carriage house rather than a residence on a primary street. As far as the references of street facing garages: • 21 Fifth Avenue was a Colonial Revival built in 1935 with a single car garage,which was typical of the period as the automobile had become popular. • 12 Lafayette and 41 (mislabeled 40) George Street were built prior to the local historic district being established and are non-contributing buildings to the district • 135 (mislabeled 134) and 137 Lake Avenue— again without access to the Saratoga Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library,I cannot confirm the dates of the construction of the garage additions,but most likely they were built before the local historic district was established. • 117 and 122 Regent Street were carriage houses that served the houses on Circular Street so it is not inappropriate that they have garage doors. • Lastly,the garage constructed at 184 Phila Street was approved by the Design Review Commission despite the Foundation recommending it be detached,be placed further south on the lot with the driveway access from Nelson Avenue, and the garage doors face south. 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