Via Historic Richmond Foundation: Protection of local Historic Districts threatened Richmond City Council could reverse decision of Commission of Architectural Review Next Monday,February 25, at 6:00 p.m. Richmond City Council will be presented with an appeal of a decision recently made by the Commission of Architectural Review (CAR). The owner of the house at 2916 […]
Protection of local Historic Districts threatened
Richmond City Council could reverse decision of Commission of Architectural Review
Next Monday,February 25, at 6:00 p.m. Richmond City Council will be presented with an appeal of a decision recently made by the Commission of Architectural Review (CAR). The owner of the house at 2916 Monument Ave., located in the Monument Avenue City Old and Historic District, installed vinyl windows without permission, put in an application after the fact, and was turned down by CAR.
Please urge your fellow neighbors to support the Commission of Architectural Review by contacting your council representative with your concern, and attend the City Council meeting.
Here is the council contact link: http://www.richmondgov.com/CityCouncil/contacts.aspx I have attached a sample letter […] – feel free to use and share it.
The Richmond Commission of Architectural Review (CAR) was established by City Council in 1957. The CAR is the city’s official historic preservation body and is charged with reviewing
all exterior changes to structures within the city’s Old and Historic Districts and issuing Certificates of Appropriateness for those projects that it deems to be appropriate.
The CAR bases all its decisions generally on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and New Construction; and specifically on the Richmond Old and Historic Districts Handbook and Design Review Guidelines , adopted in 1999. CAR must continue to have the ability to impose the procedures for compliance of property owners in the Old & Historic Districts outlined in the City Code. If not CAR, then who?
The applicant clearly went against both the procedure on making an application to the CAR after the vinyl windows were installed, as well as the guidelines for materials. This is an obvious violation and the applicant should be required to replace the windows with repaired originals or like-materials of the originals.
Support your CAR and protect your historic buildings and districts. Do not invalidate the Commission of Architectural Review.
Amy Swartz / email@example.com
Director of Preservation Services
Historic Richmond Foundation
4 East Main Street | Richmond VA, 23219