By Reann Huber
Madison’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) reviewed several applications at their monthly meeting, including the conceptual review of two properties located on Bacon Street.
Kyle Ward, a contractor with Pure State, LLC, brought two plans for houses which one would be located at the corner of Fourth and Bacon Street, and the next house would be located next to the first on Bacon Street.
The two houses are designed to fit in with the other homes located in Madison’s historic district, and the two houses, once approved, would be made of similar materials as to the properties located on 732 and 750 Bacon St.
The first house design the commission viewed was an adaptation of a Georgian cottage with French doors on the front that staff member Ken Kocher pointed out was not fitting for the style of Madison, as it gives more of a Creole cottage feel.
“Historically French doors were not used on the fronts of cottages in Madison, often we see them on the back [of the home] which is perfectly appropriate,” said Vice Chairman Joe Smith. “You would see windows rather than French doors on the front so the placement of the openings [on the front of the home] is fine.”
Commission members also noted that the HVAC unit for the first design should be moved to the rear of the house as opposed to the side originally shown in their design to not take away the historic style of the front.
As for the second property on Bacon Street, they made similar recommendations from the first house in terms of design, along with increasing the size of the gable window in front to not look so dwarfed compared to the rest of the gable area.
One Morgan County resident voiced their concerns about the second property the commission reviewed, mainly over the elevation of the property and how it would affect the neighboring area.
“I was concerned that…when you look at the lot, there’s going to need to be a lot of infill or somehow raise the house or driveway or both, and that is going to have to be carefully concerned as it will affect the houses to the side and possible across the street,” said the resident.
The second lot on Bacon Street dips down four to five feet from the road, making it a low spot for water runoff to impact the yards in that area. The resident was concerned that the new construction would cause more problems for water runoff if not addressed properly.
“It’s obviously a low spot and there’s nothing we can do to change that,” said Ward. “The water will always go [to that lot] and the neighboring lots.”
Ward and his contractors can look more into adjusting the design of the house to avoid any problems with the elevations, but they will need site plans to get a better idea of the setback of the house and how it will affect the neighboring lots.
Since the commission was only doing a conceptual review for the two designs of properties on Bacon Street there was no vote for this application, and Ward will adjust his application and designs before bringing in a finalized application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.