City of Gardiner
Historic Preservation Commission
6 Church Street Phone: 207 582-6892
Gardiner, Maine 04345 Fax: 207 582-6895
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 6:00PM
City Hall, Council Chambers
Present: Clarence McKay, Chair Geri Robbins-Doyle Jean Parkin-Clunie
Gail Ham Hal Norvell
Also Present: David Cichowski, Code Enforcement Officer
Dorothy Morang – Recording Secretary
Chair McKay called the meeting to order
The Historic Preservation Commission has requested a workshop to discuss the Commission’s role in preserving historic buildings in Gardiner.
Jean Parkin-Clunie referred the Commission members to the section in the Land Use Ordinance that gives this Commission the duty to identify and take steps to preserve buildings of significant historic value in Gardiner. She identified a building at 18 Dennis St that is currently owned by the City.
The building, a carriage house was constructed in 1903 and was designed by Architect John Calvin Stevens. Jean gave some background on John Calvin Stevens and the building and showed pictures of the original home that went with this building. She noted that Mr. Stevens’ work has become very popular lately throughout the country and there are several samples of his work in Gardiner.
After review and discussion, the Commission members are recommending to the City Council that restrictions be included in the deed for 18 Dennis St. The restrictions are as follows:
1. Identify that this building was designed by famous architect, John Calvin Stevens and was built in 1903.
2. The owner shall value and maintain the building’s architectural features and historic character.
3. Critical repairs to the building shall happen within ?? months.
4. The building shall remain on this site.
Members also identified other buildings that have significant historical value and characteristics. Clarence noted that at one time, the Historic Preservation Commission had recommended that areas from the Common to Route 24 be designated a historical district, but the Council did not agree with it.
Hal referenced the document, Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places. The report summary and full report is available at: http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2006/10cities.aspx . The Executive Summary recommendation on city zoning says: Create and disseminate as a local option a new model zoning ordinance specifically designed to complement and enhance the special value of Maine’s
historic, densely built, traditional centers… He referenced Page 12 of the executive summary and page 99 to the end of the full report.