Design Review & Guidelines

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 | 2016-12-11T23:05:59+00:00 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 | 2016-12-11T23:06:24+00:00 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 | 2016-12-07T14:53:52+00:00 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 | 2016-12-16T10:52:00+00:00 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 | 2016-12-16T10:52:51+00:00 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 | 2016-12-16T10:53:41+00:00 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 | 2016-12-16T11:01:57+00:00 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 | 2016-12-16T11:02:37+00:00 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 | 2016-12-16T11:03:13+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on Frederick HPC to weigh in on significance of tannery building

Frederick’s mayor and aldermen deny preservation overlay of Monocacy Brewing Co. building

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A proposal to protect the Monocacy Brewing Co. property with extra regulations related to historic preservation was rejected on Thursday, with Mayor Randy McClement casting the tie-breaking vote. Frederick’s mayor and aldermen voted 3-2 to deny the historic preservation overlay recommended for 1781 N. Market St. The former Ebert’s Dairy [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:05:19+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, Landmarks & Designations, Property Types|Comments Off on Frederick’s mayor and aldermen deny preservation overlay of Monocacy Brewing Co. building

Frederick City HPC votes on relocation of controversial Taney statue

Excerpt from Your4State.com: The final vote for removing a controversial statue in the city of Frederick is underway There have been four proposals submitted by Frederick City Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak for the removal of the Roger Brooke Taney statue and this is the first time it has gone to resolution. “I think that this decision has [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:06:33+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Frederick City HPC votes on relocation of controversial Taney statue

Frederick City HPC approves window replacement

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Duk Hee Ro, principal of Julia & James Properties, which owns several prominent downtown buildings, was at the city government building on Thursday. Ro was there requesting the green light from the Historic Preservation Commission to replace four of the windows at her property at 300-304 N. Market Street. Since [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:07:33+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Substitute Materials|Comments Off on Frederick City HPC approves window replacement

Berlin HDC Approves Changes to Berlin Butcher Shop

Excerpt from The Dispatch: A downtown commercial building will be getting a facelift following approval from the town’s historic district commission. On Wednesday, the Berlin Historic District Commission approved exterior renovations, a new door and signage at what will soon be the Berlin Butcher Shop. Lisa Hall, a town council member and proprietor of the [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:11:41+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HDC Approves Changes to Berlin Butcher Shop

Rockville HDC to Consider New Plan for Chestnut Lodge

Excerpt from The Sentinel: A controversial plan to build seven townhouses at Chestnut Lodge is now being pared down to six townhouses. However, the developer will need to start the application process over again before the City Council decides whether to approve it. “We’re not thrilled about starting over again,” said Stephen Orens, an attorney [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:12:21+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues, New Construction, Rockville|Comments Off on Rockville HDC to Consider New Plan for Chestnut Lodge

Montgomery County Historic Preservation Office Objects to Removal of Bethesda Community Store Sign

Excerpt from Bethesda Magazine: The owner of the historic Bethesda Community Store site is looking for a new tenant after the previous one closed its doors in May, but the real drama over the store’s future might revolve around a large, three-sided metal sign on the front of building that disappeared earlier this month. Montgomery [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:15:30+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Montgomery County|Comments Off on Montgomery County Historic Preservation Office Objects to Removal of Bethesda Community Store Sign

Registration open – Legal Symposium: Creating, Defending, and Enforcing a Strong Historic Preservation Ordinance

The one-day symposium will address the legal, community, political, and enforcement challenges related to historic preservation ordinances and present creative, proven solutions for addressing them. Historic preservation commissioners, commission staff, city and county attorneys, and code enforcement officials are invited to participate in this interactive day of learning and discussion. We are pleased to have William Cook, Association [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:16:42+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues, Training|Comments Off on Registration open – Legal Symposium: Creating, Defending, and Enforcing a Strong Historic Preservation Ordinance

Annapolis Petitions Circuit Court on Its Authority over Murals

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: The battle over whether a mural can stay on Annapolis restaurant Tsunami's wall will head to court as restaurant owner Gavin Buckley was served with court papers on Friday. It's the culmination of months of back-and-forth between the West Street restaurant and the city's Historic Preservation Commission. Originally, the restaurant received [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:18:24+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis Petitions Circuit Court on Its Authority over Murals

Montgomery County HPC Supports Restoration of Historic Bridge

Excerpt from Washington Post: The last time workers came to remake the bridge that carries Takoma Park’s main street across Sligo Creek, safety was not exactly Job One. On a winter’s day in 1932, the crew dynamited a few vital supports, and the bridge promptly collapsed with six workers standing on the span. Three ran [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:22:30+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Good News, Montgomery County|Comments Off on Montgomery County HPC Supports Restoration of Historic Bridge

In the news: City of Frederick HPC Approves Moving Conley Farm Mill House

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Plans to build a new neighborhood on a historic farm in west Frederick are progressing, but at a slower pace than originally anticipated. If things go well, developer FredRock Partners hopes to break ground on a 220-home development at Conley Farm in 2017, according to Victor White, project manager. White [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:23:43+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Rural|Comments Off on In the news: City of Frederick HPC Approves Moving Conley Farm Mill House