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2nd Presentation to ELC Building Committee

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I was invited by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Committee to discuss design issues related to adding on to an historic structure.

I was invited by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Committee to discuss design issues related to adding on to an historic structure.

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  • Many significant featuresObvious on the 18681966 some already gone, some more likely to goBut north brandt hall wallBase details, etc.
  • Entire wall is one large and complete compositionMust be retained en masse
  • Very significant character defining feature – abstracted arched ceilings throughout
  • CeilingClear and hard divisions between spaces – strong corridor
  • Central corridor – very significant character-defining featureTies entire 1966 addition together
  • Many character-defining features are present in this central – axial corridorTo infringe upon it would obscure, damage, and destroy much of what defines the design
  • Three more character-defining elementsAlso historical as it tells the story of Emmanuel’s people and past, and growthSo many reasons to preserve all three of these elements
  • 1st) I realize this was based on prior programmatic assumptions2nd) I had the luxury of the first two meetings that showed too many functions were being crammed into this space.3rd) But one can see that this approach to the program cuite clearly obliterates many of the features I’ve mentioned…
  • So after seeing the plans and hearing the comments from the first two meetings, I thought I could illustrate just one possibility for how to meet the evolving program while at the same time preserve critical elements
  • Just to show how a revised program might work.
  • Simples sketches of how a reprogrammed plan with a concern for preservation my work.Many possibilities, this is just one.
  • In conclusion,I love this photo because it’s packed with history: Longtime members of an historic downtown church, embracing the future – boldly, I might add – while being extremely respectful of its past, including architecturally I believe if we’re committed to it, we can
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    • 1. Emmanuel Lutheran Church
      New Addition to an Historic Structure
    • 2. Historic Preservation Standards
      A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.
      The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.
      Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.
      Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.
      Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.
      Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.
      Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.
      Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
      New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.
      New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.
      Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines www.cr.nps.gov
    • 3. Guidelines - Not Recommended
      Expanding the size of the historic building by constructing a new addition when the new use could be met by altering non-character-defining interior space.
      Attaching a new addition so that the character-defining features of the historic building are obscured, damaged, or destroyed.
      Designing a new addition so that its size and scale in relation to the historic building are out of proportion, thus diminishing the historic character.
      Duplicating the exact form, material, style, and detailing of the historic building in the new addition so that the new work appears to be part of the historic building.
      Imitating a historic style or period of architecture in new additions, especially for contemporary uses such as drive-in banks or garages.
      Designing and constructing new additions that result in the diminution or loss of the historic character of the resource, including its design, materials, workmanship, location, or setting.
      Using the same wall plane, roof line, cornice height, materials, siding lap or window type to make additions appear to be a part of the historic building.
      Designing new additions such as multi-story greenhouse additions that obscure, damage, or destroy character-defining features of the historic building.
      Constructing additional stories so that the historic appearance of the building is radically changed.
    • 4. Guidelines - Recommended
      • Placing functions and services required for the new use in non-character-defining interior spaces rather than installing a new addition.
      Constructing a new addition so that there is the least possible loss of historic materials and so that character-defining features are not obscured, damaged, or destroyed.
      Locating the attached exterior addition at the rear or on an inconspicuous side of a historic building; and limiting its size and scale in relationship to the historic building.
      Designing new additions in a manner that makes clear what is historic and what is new.
      Considering the attached exterior addition both in terms of the new use and the appearance of other buildings in the historic district or neighborhood. Design for the new work may be contemporary or may reference design motifs from the historic building. In either case, it should always be clearly differentiated from the historic building and be compatible in terms of mass, materials, relationship of solids to voids, and color.
      Designing additional stories, when required for the new use, that are set back from the wall plane and are as inconspicuous as possible when viewed from the street.
    • 5. 1966 Addition
      Even before preservation standards were developed, the 1966 addition embodied all of them:
      • Historic character retained and preserved
      • 6. Removal of historic materials avoided
      • 7. Alteration of characterizing features and spaces avoided
      • 8. Easily recognizable as a physical record of its time, place, and use
      • 9. No false sense of historical development by copying conjectural features or architectural elements
      • 10. If removed, essential form and integrity of original would be unimpaired
    • 1966 Significant Features
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    • 18. Alternate Plans
    • 19. Alternate Plans