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20190343 Walbridge bldg Exterior Modifications Correspondance 1/4) Jr.1 t o Lya Sprin Preservation Foundation April 29, 2019 F 0 Rks ‘-ee Ms. Tamie Ehinger, Chair Design Review Commission PRESERVATION City Hall f4 F Z2YEARS 474 Broadway 11I 7 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 A., :of RE: 107 Lake Avenue—Front Porch Alterations eiLst\ii Dear Tamie: Jr.. The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation reviewed the application to remove the ' ' ' west (left) stairs and replace a brick pier, flooring, skirt board, rails, and balusters at 107 Lake Avenue. The circa 1870s Italianate style residence is a contributing building to the East Side Board of Directors Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The full-width front Matthew Veitch porch with chamfered square posts and turned wood balustrade is a significant historic President feature of the house. James Gold Vice President& The Historic Review Standards of the Historic Review Ordinance are to A. Preserve rather Secretary than remove, B. Repair rather than replace, C. Promote historical accuracy,and D. Recognize Adam N.Favro the significance of historic time periods. Treasurer Caroline Cardone Per the Porches & Decks Historic Design Guidelines: Brennan Drake Sandra Fox Porches Liz Israel Samantha KercuIl 9 Every effort should be made to preserve an original or historic porch including Douglas Ke-rr the original size, design and materials. Demolition of an existing porch is to be Richard King Michelle Paquette-Deuel avoided Cindy Spence • A porch and its elements, replaced due to severe deterioration, should match the Dtilitriy Yermolayev original in size, shape, rhythm, dimensions, material and quality. Duplication is preferred. Keep original elements to use as a pattern. If duplication is not James Kettlewell possible, try to locate features at an architectural salvage location. emeritus • The use of natural materials is preferred. The use of pressure treated wood is appropriate for concealed substructure. Exposed or pressure treated wood is Samantha Bosshad discouraged. Executive Director • Latticework and skirting boards,when used should be placed in a frame. The use Nicole Babie of natural materials is preferred. Membership&Programs Director The west(left) stairs were added after 1948, most likely when a second entrance was added. Since they were not original, the Foundation does not object to removal of the west (left) stairs nor does it object to the single brick pier being replaced as long as the new pier matches the original in material size, shape, and color as the existing pier. The Foundation strongly objects to the use of synthetic materials to replace the skirt board, decking, rails and balusters. Those elements should be either repaired or replaced in-kind. 112 Spring Srrcei, Suite 21)3 Saratoga Springs, NY I Di66 518-587-5030 The Foundation appreciates the effort and investment the applicant is making to preserve this prominent character-defining feature of their historic property. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration. Sincerely, p/2w4.14"1244 .441404611 Matthew E. Veitch Samantha Bosshart President Executive Director Cc: Walbridge Building, Inc., Owner Bradley Birge,Administrator of the Office of Planning and Economic Development