HPA No. 1993-312 (In re. Palmer Rental Property)
- HPA Number: 1993-312
- Address: #2 6th Street NE
- Date of Decision: Sept. 27, 1993
- Type of Permit Sought: Alteration
- Disposition: Denied
Applicant sought to replace 12-15 vinyl windows on her building in the Capitol Hill Historic District with new double-glazed vinyl windows to improve the building's energy efficiency and her tenants' utility bills. The Mayor's Agent rejected the application, concluding that Applicant had failed to demonstrate that the proposed replacement windows were appropriate for the property (and therefore consistent with the purposes of the Act).
While conceding that Applicant's evidence "cast doubt" on the recommendation of the Historic Preservation Staff (staff) against all types of vinyl windows in historic districts, the Mayor's Agent nevertheless concluded that Applicant had failed to demonstrate that the new double-glazed vinyl windows she had selected were appropriate by failing to overcome the portion of the staff's report that: "The staff cannot endorse the installation of vinyl windows either for the first or second time, especially when the previous installation of such units has clearly demonstrated their inappropriateness for the property and its surroundings."
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