Design Review & Guidelines

City of Frederick HPC approves dinosaur mural

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: A mural of the Maryland state dinosaur will soon have a place in downtown Frederick. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday gave Frederick artist Goodloe Byron the go-ahead to begin painting a colorful, cartoonish Astrodon johnstoni dinosaur on the west side of the city’s Church Street parking garage as part [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves dinosaur mural

Berlin HDC approves plans for a new town hall sign

Excerpt from the Dispatch: Local officials approved plans for a permanent sign to replace the longstanding banner at Berlin Town Hall. The Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) approved plans for a new sign to replace the “America’s Coolest Small Town” banner that has adorned town hall for the past few years. “Thank you to the [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HDC approves plans for a new town hall sign

Frederick HPC signs off on rehab of townhouse on W. Fourth St

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission officially signed off Thursday on plans to rehabilitate the dilapidated downtown Frederick townhouse at 20 W. Fourth St. Susan Murphy, a representative of prospective property owner Murphy Properties, presented plans to rehab the building for the second time at Thursday’s public hearing. She [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Frederick HPC signs off on rehab of townhouse on W. Fourth St

Frederick HPC to reconsider gas meter location on front of building

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A West Third Street property owner will get a second chance to persuade the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to let him keep a gas meter on the front of his building. James Callear bought the brick town house at 133 W. Third St. in the Frederick Town Historic District about [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on Frederick HPC to reconsider gas meter location on front of building

In Frederick historic district, placement of utility boxes poses problems

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: When James Callear bought a house on West Third Street in May, he was familiar with the rules governing the Frederick Town Historic District. What he didn’t realize, despite owning and renovating other properties in the historic district, was that utility boxes and meters cannot be on building facades, according to [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on In Frederick historic district, placement of utility boxes poses problems

Appeals Board overturns Berlin HDC business sign decision

Excerpt from the Dispatch: The Berlin Butcher Shop will be allowed to keep its pylon sign following a decision by the town’s board of appeals. On Wednesday, the board of appeals voted unanimously to overturn the October decision of the Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) not to permit the Berlin Butcher Shop’s pylon sign, which [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Appeals Board overturns Berlin HDC business sign decision

City of Frederick HPC denies the request to demolish 56 S. Market St

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Blight, structural and safety problems surrounding a prominent historic building in downtown Frederick don’t justify its demolition. This was the message of the city Historic Preservation Commission, which in a unanimous vote on Thursday denied the request to demolish the three-story building at 56 S. Market St. The decision ends a [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Demolition by Neglect, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC denies the request to demolish 56 S. Market St

Montgomery County HPC to hold public hearing on relocation of Community Hardware Store

Excerpt from Bethesda Patch: The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. regarding the proposed relocation of the Community Hardware Store (“Wilson Store”), which is currently located at 7250 Wisconsin Avenue and has historic preservation status. The developers of the Apex Building at 7272 [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Montgomery County|Comments Off on Montgomery County HPC to hold public hearing on relocation of Community Hardware Store

City of Frederick HPC votes to postpone decision on demolition of 56 S. Market St. until next public hearing

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Frederick's Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday voted to postpone its decision on a request to demolish the front, three-story portion of 56 S. Market St. until its next public hearing. The continuance came after a motion to deny property owner Suitland Road LLC's demolition request failed by a split 3-3 vote. [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC votes to postpone decision on demolition of 56 S. Market St. until next public hearing

District Court postpones hearing on Annapolis mural

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: An attorney representing the owners of Tsunami filed a motion to dismiss the case surrounding a mural painted on the restaurant's facade as the clash between him and city officials made its way to District Court this week. Attorney Joseph Gormley filed a motion Monday that essentially makes the same [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Annapolis, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on District Court postpones hearing on Annapolis mural

City of Frederick HPC to vote Oct. 13 on Taney bust

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A controversial proposal to remove a bust of Roger Brooke Taney from outside Frederick City Hall remains one vote away from a final decision. The city Historic Preservation Commission will on Oct. 13 issue a final verdict. The commission will decide if the Taney bust, an accompanying plaque and a [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC to vote Oct. 13 on Taney bust

Chestertown HDC considers upgrades to Chestertown Marina

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: The Historic District Commission, meeting Sept. 7, weighed in on plans for an interpretive center to be installed as part of the upgrades at Chestertown Marina. Charles Patterson and Zachary Secor of SM&P Architects showed the plans of the building, which will also include a marina store, restrooms and showers for boaters. [...]

By | September 14th, 2016|Chestertown, Design Review & Guidelines, New Construction|Comments Off on Chestertown HDC considers upgrades to Chestertown Marina

MHT won’t be involved in Taney bust decision

Excerpt from WTOP: FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland city’s plan to rid its City Hall courtyard of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery won’t be second-guessed by the state. Maryland Historical Trust Director Elizabeth Hughes wrote in a Sept. 2 letter to officials in Frederick that [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on MHT won’t be involved in Taney bust decision

Frederick’s Taney bust in the New York Times

Excerpt from the New York Times: FREDERICK, Md. — In 1801, Roger Brooke Taney, the politically minded son of a Maryland tobacco planter, settled here to practice law. He married the sister of Francis Scott Key, won election to the State Senate and worked his way to Washington, where he landed a dream job: Chief [...]

By | September 4th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Frederick’s Taney bust in the New York Times

Maryland Historical Trust to review plan for removal of Taney Statue

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: A state panel is postponing its review of a plan to remove from the grounds of Frederick City Hall a statue of the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery. Spokesman John Coleman says the Maryland Historical Trust's Easement Committee has postponed until Monday [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Maryland Historical Trust to review plan for removal of Taney Statue

City of Frederick Aldermen reject designation for Fairgrounds

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Further requirements won’t be added to protect the agricultural history that the Frederick Fairgrounds represents. The Frederick Board of Aldermen on Thursday voted to deny a proposal to place a historic preservation overlay on a portion of the fairgrounds property. The 4-0 vote was met with a standing ovation from [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on City of Frederick Aldermen reject designation for Fairgrounds

City of Frederick Aldermen to vote on Fairgrounds designation

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The iconic red-accented building that marks the entrance to the Frederick Fairgrounds may be the last commercial example of its architectural style in the city of Frederick. It is also one of 21 buildings or structures within a 22-acre area recommended for a special designation that would add extra requirements [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on City of Frederick Aldermen to vote on Fairgrounds designation

Frederick HPC to weigh in on significance of tannery building

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The only building left from early 19th-century tanning operations in the city of Frederick may be demolished to build a downtown hotel and conference center, according to a project update on Thursday. Pete Plamondon Jr., co-president of Plamondon Hospitality Partners, the hotel developer for the project, said the proposed final [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on Frederick HPC to weigh in on significance of tannery building