HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
Chairman Michael Lane called the regular meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. In attendance
were Commission members John Ames, Rob Busler, Alexa Cawley, Lucy Maddox,
Nancy Maguire and Ed Minch, Kees de Mooy, Zoning Administrator, Jennifer Mulligan,
Town Clerk and guests.
Mr. Lane stated that the Chestertown Historic District Commission takes its authority
from Chapter 93 oft~e Code of the Town of Chestertown and operates under the Historic
District Design Guidelines that were adopted by the Mayor and Council of Chestertown
on October 7, 2002 and revised March 7, 2012.
Mr. Lane asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the meeting of
November 5, 2014. Mr. Ames moved to approve the minutes as submitted, was
seconded by Ms. Cawley and carried unanimously.
Items on the consent calendar were as follows:
a. BP2014-121 – Robert Tacher, 209 Philosopher’s Terrace – ratify roof approval.
Ms. Cawley moved to approve BP2014-121 for a roof as it was in accordance with
the Design Guidelines for the Town of Chestertown, was seconded by Mr. Minch
and carried unanimously.
The first item on the agenda was BP20 14-122 from Christian Havemeyer at 117 S. Cross
Street for paver steps. There was no one present for the application and the matter was
The next item on the agenda was BP2014-129 from Robert Dean at 541 High Street for
renovations. Mr. Dean was present for the application. Mr. Lane read the application
into the record. Mr. de Mooy reviewed the past approvals for the property. Mr. Dean
stated that the entire house was 16′ x 20′ and he would like to put a 2-story addition on
the rear of the property, remove the chimney, and install a deck on the side of the house
where the small addition formerly known as 541 A High Street had been partially
Mr. Dean stated that asbestos siding covered the structure in some areas and the rest was
just building paper. He said that he would like to install Hardiplank siding with a 6″
reveal on the new addition and the sides of the original building. He would restore the
wood clapboard siding and porch on the front facade.
Mr. Lane stated that 541A High Street appeared on the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and
did have a presence on the street. Mr. Dean stated that it was completely rotted and only
the front facade existed. He said it was not salvageable. Mr. Ames moved to approve
demolition of the facade known as 541A High Street as it was in accordance with the
Design Guidelines, was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.
Historic District Commission
Mr. Dean stated that the body of the chimney on the interior of the house and was
deteriorated and had large holes. Mr. Lane stated that the chimneys were a defining
feature along the block. After discussion, Ms. Maguire moved to deny the removal of
the chimney from the roof up, was seconded by Mr. Ames and carried unanimously.
Ms. McGuire stated that she did not like the idea of the deck off of the side of the house
as decks were a more modem invention. Mr. Dean stated that he would have a fence in
front of the deck so it would not be visible from the street. After discussion, Mr. Dean
decided to table the fence and the side deck until he moved further along with the
Mr. de Mooy stated that the existing windows in the building were not original. Mr.
Dean stated that he was proposing 2-over-2 wood windows for the renovation. He said
that the rest of the front facade would be restored, including the front door.
Ms. Maguire moved to approve the 2-story addition with Hardiplank siding with a
6″ reveal on the addition and on the sides of the main house, 2-over-2 PlyGen wood
windows with placement as shown on the drawings, parged cinderblock foundation
and Timberline architectural roofing shingles to match the front roof with at least a
4 in 12 roof pitch. The front facade, including the siding, all woodwork and front
door will be restored as submitted as it was in accordance with the Design
Guidelines, was seconded by Ms. Maddox and carried unanimously.
Mr. Dean stated that he would return with a submission for the rear door at a future
The next item on the agenda was BP2014-131 from Edge Construction and Patricia
Berlen for exterior renovations at 620 High Street. Mr. Alex Edge of Edge Construction
was present for the application. Mr. Lane read the application into the record.
Mr. Lane stated that the Commission did not permit vinyl siding in the Historic District.
Ms. Maguire stated that the existing siding on the sides and back of the building looked
to be in good condition. Mr. Edge stated that there was a 10″ exposure on the cedar and
old siding under it. Ms. Maguire stated that the sides and rear of the building would look
very nice painted. Ms. Cawley moved to deny the portion of the application
regarding vinyl siding replacement on the sides and rear of the house with an
invitation to resubmit, was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.
Mr. Minch moved to approve the portion of the application having to do with
replacing the 3-tab shingles with architectural shingles on the porch roof, was
seconded by Ms. Maddox and carried unanimously.
The next item on the agenda was BP2014-127 from Washington College at 300
Washington Avenue for signage. Mr. Reid Raudenbush was present for the application.
Mr. de Mooy stated that the College properties were zoned Institutional and the Planning
Historic District Commission
Commission was responsible for approving signage, which was done at the November
2014 meeting. The signage before the Historic District for approval was at the Custom
House and the Alumni House and the proposed new construction at 215 Washington
Mr. Raudenbush stated that the idea for the signage was to be uniform through the
Campus, and to include buildings that had existing signage in the Historic District. Mr.
de Mooy stated that the proposed signage would have to meet the sign requirements for
the Historic District regarding content.
Mr. Lane asked if there would be new parking signs at the Custom House. Mr.
Raudenbush stated that there would likely be new signs installed wherever there was
Mr. Minch moved to approve the sign aesthetics as submitted, was seconded by Mr.
Ames and carried unanimously.
The next item on the agenda was BP20 14-117 from Washington College at 215
Washington Avenue ~or a new building. Mr. Lane read the application into the record.
Mr. Reid Raudenbush of Washington College, Ms. Suzanne Klein and Mr. Brian Tucker,
architects from EYP Architecture and Engineering presented.
Mr. de Mooy stated that the Planning Commission approved final site plan for this
project at their meeting of October 15,2014. Mr. Raudenbush stated that this project was
subject to a matchingllvlaryland State Grant Application which was approved in the last
session for a $3.6 million match towards the building.
Ms. Klein stated that since their last meeting with the Historic District Commission in
July 2013 they have continued to make design improvements, taking into consideration
the Commission’s comments at the entry door to the building and changed the back room
to make it similar to the rest of the building instead of mostly glass.
Ms. Klein stated that the building would resemble other College campus buildings by
using their standard red brick. The building features Hardiplank siding, a rubberized roof
that mimicked slate and a granite base around the building, and painted white wooden
windows (combination of fixed and double-hung). The landscape plan was well received
by the Planning Combission and included adequate lighting for safety that would not
spill over to neighboring properties.
Ms. Klein stated that this building would to be certified to a LEED Gold standard.
Ms. Klein stated thatrPhase 1 would be underway in the Spring of2015 but Phase II was
included in the packet so the Commission could have an understanding of what the
finished project would look like.
Historic District Commission
Ms. Klein stated that there would be an access drive off of East Campus A venue for
faculty and staff parkihg only.
Ms. Klein stated that the peak of the roof was a little over 40′ but well within the height
limit for Chestertown. Mr. Lane stated that there was a 10% difference allowed in a
visual field where the majority of buildings were similar in height. Ms. Klein stated that
the building would be set back 60′ from the neighbors to the south and the peak of the
building was at 45′. She said that the existing building was 38′ tall and had a flat stretch
the entire length of the building. She said that the proposed building was 38′ between the
eaves and the ridge for the gable.
Mr. de Mooy stated that there was discussion at the last meeting regarding the rhythm
and scale of the street. He said that the existing building presents a larger mass to the
street than the proposed building would, adding that this was an institutional building so
it would by definition be larger than the neighboring residences.
Ms. Maguire stated that even though this building did not fall within the 10% height
differential, the mechanicals would be hidden in the roof which solved noise issues that
have been raised in the case of another building. She said that the landscaping would
also be a large improvement on the site, which included a low brick wall next to the
sidewalk along Washington Avenue, similar to that on the main campus.
Mr. Raudenbush stated that the College was receiving credit for stormwater management
because they were going from 1.5 acres of impervious surface to .8 acres of impervious
surface. He said tha~ geothermal wells would be constructed under the field to the rear
of the property.
Mr. Raudenbush stated that it was intended for this campus to be accessed primarily on
foot. There would be no parking on site for students.
Ms. Klein stated that part of Phase I would incorporate all infrastructures, including
Mr. Busler stated that there he was not fond of the Italianate style cornices on the rear
building and asked why they incorporated that rather than using a more Colonial style.
Ms. Klein stated that they thought the Italianate style a nice touch for the eaves and
cornices and they wanted to work with the vernacular of the neighboring buildings.
Ms. Maguire asked why the one wing of the building was at an angle. Ms. Klein stated
that the angle would create a welcoming gesture to the main campus and help with the
Mr. Minch moved to approve Phase I of the project for 215 Washington College as
submitted as it was in keeping with the Design Guidelines for new construction, was
seconded by Ms. Maddox and carried with four (4) in favor, Mr. Busler and Mr.
There being no further business, Ms. Maddox moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:36
p.m., was seconded by Ms. Cawley and carried unanimously.
Jennifer Mulligan Michael Lane
Town Clerk Chairman