HPA No. 2015-296 (In re. 1223 4th Street NW)
- HPA No.: 15-296
- Case Name: In the Matter of 1223 4th Street NW
- Location of Property: 1223 4th Street NW, Square 523, Lot 20
- Date of Order: June 24, 2016
- Disposition: Denied
- Subject Matter(s): Windows; Alteration (Including Addition); Compatibility; Mayor’s Agent-Procedural
The homeowner added a third window on the second floor of a rowhouse in the Mount Vernon Square Historic District. While the house was built in 2007 and was noncontributing to the historic district, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) in 2006 had approved the design of the current rowhouse as a condition of its permission to demolish the rowhouse that had previously stood on the site and that had lost integrity through neglect. The approved design of the new rowhouse had two windows on the second floor, which the HPRB had deemed to be consistent with the facades of four historic neighboring rowhouses.
After adding a third window, the owner sought an after-the-fact building permit for the alteration. Following a hearing, the Mayor’s Agent rejected the application.
As in previous cases, the Mayor’s Agent stated that ignorance of the historic preservation law is no excuse. See, e.g., In Re: 2422 Tracy Place, NW, HPA No. 2013-600 (Aug. 29, 2014). The Mayor’s Agent reasoned that even noncontributing buildings in a historic district “should respect the rhythm of its neighbors as well as that of the street,” and that the question of whether two or three second floor windows best reflected that “rhythm” had already been decided by the HPRB when it approved the design of the rowhouse in 2006. As in other cases, for questions of style and material compatibility, the Mayor’s Agent deferred to the historical and architectural expertise of the HPRB. See In Re: 2225 California St. NW, HPA No. 2011-472 (Feb. 24, 2013).
Files in this item
- Final decision and order.pdf
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Frederick Douglass Community Improvement Council/Concerned Citizens of Anacostia v. District of Columbia Office of Planning., Historic Preservation Office District of Columbia. Court of Appeals (2015)