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Historic Pres Comm Minutes 2008-08-19

City of Gardiner
Historic Preservation Commission

      6 Church St.                                                                                      Telephone 207-582-6892
      Gardiner, Me. 04345                                                                                Fax             207-582-6895


August 19, 2008
City Hall Council Room

Present:                Acting Chair Kirk Mohney        Geri Robbins-Doyle      
                        Gail Ham                                Alternate, Victor Tessari
Absent:         Clarence McKay, Chair           Paula Murphy
                        Jean Parkin-Clunie      

Also Present:   David Cichowski, Code Enforcement Officer
       Dorothy Morang – Recording Secretary
Mark Sprackland, Applicant                      
1.)     Call Meeting to Order
Acting Chair, Kirk Mohney called the meeting to order at 6:06 PM

2.)     Roll Call
Roll call was taken.

Consideration of  July 17, 2007 Minutes
Gail Ham made a motion to approve the minutes. Geri Doyle seconded the motion.
Kirk asked about the lighting.  David Cichowski, CEO said that the Applicant, Janet Slade had not done any work on the building yet.

Vote: 4 in favor. 0 opposed.  Motion passed.

4.)     Consideration of a Certificate of Appropriateness Application from Mark Sprackland, Applicant/owner.
        Proposal: To replace 2 front and 2 rear windows on the second floor with Harvey Majesty custom aluminum/wood clad as per City requirements.
Location: 335 Water St,  City Tax Map 37, Lot 110
Land Use Ordinance Reference: Section 9, Article F

Acting Chair Kirk Mohney read the agenda item.  Mark Sprackland introduced himself and said that he had purchased the building in March of 2008.  He got a building permit for the first floor renovations and now has a tenant.  There are two apartments on the second floor and he would like to replace the two second floor front windows and the two back ones.  They are not functional as they are.  He has met with two companies to try to preserve history with the building.  He said that the Harvey windows look like the same windows, but have smaller light, but are closer to what is there today.  He said that the windows are currently 2 over 1.  The window opening is so large that the manufacturers that he spoke with won’t make a wooden window that large because of the weight and safety issues.

Kirk asked if we had the book, “Gardiner on the Kennebec”, which has a picture of the original buildings in that section.  The CEO did have it and brought it to the meeting.  It was noted that the windows on the second floor were consistent across the buildings. Kirk asked if they make an aluminum window in that size.  He said that would be better than to have a smaller window with the inserted transom.  Mark said that Marvin makes a fiberglass window covered with aluminum.   Kirk said that the issue is altering the design of the window by inserting the transom piece.

Kirk told about a historic building in another community that replaced the windows with all aluminum.  It allowed them to get a meeting rail that was more historically correct.  He recommended that Mark do an aluminum window, 6 over 1 to match the Manson & Church building.  Mark said the lower halves of all of the storefronts are different.  Kirk noted that the upper floors have retained their basic design and size of double hung windows without transoms.  Kirk said that he would suggest that they match what’s there or do 6 over 1 and prefers aluminum first.  The back windows are fine as proposed - 2 over 2 preferably.  

Geri recommended contacting Douglas Richmond, the architect who has done a study of the buildings on the street and worked with the owners of the Manson & Church building concerning who the manufacturer was.

Gail said she would prefer 6 over 1 in aluminum for the front with narrow muntins or other options, but not vinyl.  The back, 2 over 2 as proposed is fine in the clad option or fiberglass. She prefers the Marvin green or gray simulated divided light and the profile of the muntin should be narrow.

Kirk asked about the brick.  Mark said it has a finished edge.

Geri said that she is comfortable with Mark working with David for the front windows to mirror the Manson & Church building.
Gail Ham made a motion that we issue Certificate of Appropriateness to Mark Sprackland, for the back windows to be Marvin Integrity, simulated divided light, two over two windows and issue a conditional Certificate of Appropriateness to meet the CEO’s approval for the front windows to be aluminum clad over wood or all aluminum with simulated divided light, narrow profile as in the windows on the former Manson and Church building, six over one and the window chosen will fill the existing space and have molding to match the current molding as closely as possible.  Geri Doyle seconded the motion.

Mark Sprackland asked if he could have the option of making the front windows of fiberglass with the top half stationary and the lower half would open.  They would be six over one and fill the space.  Kirk asked about the size of the meeting rail.  He said that with aluminum, they could get it closer to historic proportions.  Mark said that he will make them narrow.

Geri withdrew the second so that an amendment could be made.

Gail Ham amended her motion to add:  Also give Mark the option of doing the front windows with the top stationary and the bottom to open and in fiberglass.  Victor Tessari seconded the amendment.
Vote on amendment: 4 in favor. 0 opposed. Motion passed.
Vote on original motion: 4 in favor. 0 opposed. Motion passed.


Dorothy noted that she had difficulty getting a quorum for tonight’s meeting.  She said that there is still one unfilled position and one unfilled alternate position that we might want to  consider filling.  Geri noted that she was with the Mayor when she got the call from Dorothy trying to get a quorum.  They discussed it and the Mayor is aware that there are still positions to fill.  Geri recommended Jeffrey Chaplin, a business owner who also lives there, to be a member of the Commission.
5.)     Adjourn
        Victor Tessari made a motion to adjourn.  Geri Doyle seconded the motion.
       Vote:  4 in favor. 0 opposed. Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned @ 7:46 PM.

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