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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Adopted February 11, 2010
Historical Commission Members
Present: Russo, Melone, Steele,
Loukas, Berg, Roach
Staff Present: Hayward, Collins
Public Present: See attached Sign-In Form
Russo chaired. The meeting opened at 7:00p.m.
Renovations to Lower School
Building, 175 North Beacon Street, MHC?s Historic Tax Credit Proposal, Request
for Letter of Support, Perkins School for the Blind
Steve M. Rothstein, President
of the Perkins School for the Blind, requested a letter of support from the HC
in the school?s pursuit of MHC?s Historic Tax Credit for the rehabilitation of
the existing lower school. He noted that the restoration is to maintain the
building for the next 100 years. Rothstein informed that the tax credit
program will not affect the proposed building construction financials since
those are in place. However, the tax credit will impact doing other proposed
projects in the future.
After a discussion, Russo
agreed to write a letter of support, identifying Perkins restoration efforts in
the windows restoration, door replacements, reuse of removed materials, and the
location of the elevator. He will complete the letter within two weeks.
Rothstein informed that the application is being submitted on 1/14/2010.
Invitation to Comment
Continued? 240 Waverley Avenue - Proposed Telecommunications Facility
The HC reviewed the
additional elevation and details of the chimney provided by the Hayward. The HC agreed to submit a ?no comment? for the proposed project.
December Minutes ?
Watertown Historic Landmark Ordinance
Russo reported that the
Landmark Ordinance was adopted by Town Council. Possible properties to be
considered for landmarking are the Fowle House, the Church of the Good Shepherd,
the Bigelow House. Russo noted that town buildings are excluded. Steele
suggested that the HC office maintain a list of historic/preservation
contractors. Roach proposed that a list of benefits to landmarking be created.
Berg suggested using the 1982 Historic Inventory to identify possible
properties for landmark status.
5. Alberto Haynes
Berg and Russo reported writing
a letter to Alberto Haynes granddaughter in Glendale, AZ. Melone noted that he
had met Ruth Haynes Furber, daughter of Alberto Haynes.
Berg and Russo are to meet
with Phil Payne.
6. Shick Property
Jones, Melone and Steele
met. They are developing a package of materials to present to MIT or Sasaki.
Steele hopes a study will identify long-term site issues of interest for
planners, architects, and developers . She?d like to connect the study with Filippello Park and Sawins Pond.
7. Informational ? Donation of the original
1630 -1930 Watertown Historical Map by the family of Mary B. Hotz and
supporting historic documents.
Hayward reported that Magoon forwarded the HC request
regarding the presentation and location of the map to the Town Manager.
Vote: Berg moved that the supporting historic
documentations of the map be framed and matted paid with HC funds. Roach
seconded the motion. The vote was unanimously approved.
Loukas will contact Hagopian
Frames to frame the materials.
8. Ridgelawn Cemetery
The TC adopted an ordinance
which will exclude mausoleums at the cemetery. Russo informed that the
ordinance did not strike out the historic/cultural status of the cemetery.
Steele inquired if there were
any historic landscapes in Watertown. Russo will research the Commander?s
Mansion deed. There are possibly four Olmstead Brothers landscapes in Watertown located at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, the Commander?s Mansion, and the present
location of Randy?s Car Wash.
Meeting adjourned at 8:12pm.