The City of Frederick
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Page 2 Neighborhood History Project Page 3 Landscaping Backyards Page 4 Drawings Needed Historic Preservation Award Page 5 Minor Rehabilitation Projects Page 6 Administrative Approval Page 7 Federal Style Page 8 John Tehan: A Frederick Original Archeology in Frederick Page 9 Meet the Commissioners
The small graphic of the clustered spires in the banner of this newsletter was scanned from a sheet of stationery. It was designed for the Bicentennial Committee, formed to plan celebrations to mark the city’s 200th anniversary in 1945. The stationery was designed by Helen Smith, respected and beloved Frederick artist. The theme of the bicentennial celebration was “The Clustered Spires of Frederick,” reflecting the most recognizable view of the city, even today. The files on the bicentennial celebration paint a fascinating glimpse of Frederick 60 years ago. The population of the city was 15,802 in 1940 and the boundaries did not extend much beyond Hood College on the west, South Frederick Elementary School on the South, and 13th Street to the north. Frederick was indeed a small town, but one that took its history and its celebrations quite seriously! Planning for the bicentennial began in November 1944, under the leadership of Charles F. (“Fritz”) Bowers, a Frederick native and long-time Frederick architect. The Bicentennial Committee selected Labor Day and the day after, the 2nd and 3rd of September, as the focus of celebratory activities. The committee could not have known that the long-awaited victory on the Japanese front would become effective on September 2nd. The bicentennial celebration was infused with the energy of people ecstatic over the end of the terrible, two-front conflict we know as World War II. In his final report as chairman of the Bicentennial Committee, Charles F. Bowers wrote, “It would be well to list a few items which should grow out of the historical event which has passed.
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Preservation Planner On Call
The Planning Department has implemented a new service to speed the application process for staff-level (administrative) approvals and to give residents of the district a predictable time to meet with Barbara Wyatt, the historic preservation planner. On the first and third Thursdays of the month, appointments will be scheduled at half-hour intervals between 1:30 and 4:00. Call Linda Gravitt at 301-6962995 to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome too, but they will be seen between scheduled appointments. HDC applications can be brought in and, if they are eligible for staff review, applicants can wait for the applications to be processed and leave with a public notice sign. By appointment, Barbara will stay later than 4:30 on the first and third Thursdays and on other days. Please call her at 301-694-1792.
Carol S. Watson
The Historic Taney House Learn more about the Federal style in Frederick on page 7.
Bicentennial, cont. from page 1 Our City has received publicity which cannot be purchased with dollars and cents and as a result more visitors should come to Frederick to see the many points of historical interest of which they have learned through the newspapers, radio and other mediums of advertising.” The Bicentennial Committee believed the city had learned a great deal from the bicentennial celebration, and the members wanted to make sure the knowledge and enthusiasm were evident in the future. Mr. Bowers concluded his report with several suggestions from the committee. The first, underscored in the report, may have been the clarion call that resulted in designation of the historic district some seven years later:
We have heard so much about Frederick’s charm. This we should endeavor at all cost to keep. Let us retain all our old buildings, restore them as much as possible to their original design, and build our new ones in keeping with the old. The Historic District Commission works tirelessly to achieve this goal. The members share the vision of Fritz Bowers and the other Bicentennial Committee members. Thanks to the work of the HDC and the efforts that preceded it, the historic district has weathered the years of urban renewal, urban flight, and suburban sprawl. It
faces new challenges with unparalleled growth, burgeoning parking needs, and developers ready to maximize the dwindling supply of downtown building lots. The HDC is charged to maintain the historic character of the downtown and to save its historic buildings. Each and every citizen should feel free to join the public debate when he or she believes the essence of the historic district is threatened by proposed new development, demolition, or changes to historic buildings or the district’s streetscape. No doubt the Bicentennial Committee would be pleased that the historic district is protected by the HDC, and that the pride Frederick demonstrated at the close of World War II is evident today.
Neighborhood History Project
Here’s a project that might pique your interest. History sleuths can don their detective hats and provide the Planning Department with important information on buildings in the historic district. The Department is initiating the Neighborhood History Project (NHP) to help develop a history of each building in the historic district. Volunteers will be the key to the success of this project. Training will be provided.
Do You Remember Frederick’s Bicentennial?
If you remember the Bicentennial celebration in Frederick in 1945, and want to share a story, please contact us. Simply write the story in any format, and submit it to Barbara Wyatt at the Planning Department. Feel free to include copies of photographs (not originals). We will compile the stories for our Bicentennial file, and feature some in future newsletters. Please include a note telling us that we may use your story in future articles or share it with another local newspaper.
The Planning Department maintains a file on each property in the Frederick Town Historic District. The file generally contains a description of the building, a slide from the 1960s, 70s, or 80s, and a recent black-and-white photograph. The files generally lack historical information, including dates of construction, builders and architects, previous owners, and how the building has changed over time. Volunteers will be trained to participate in the program at a session to be held on Thursday, 18 August 2005 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall. Please call Linda Gravitt at 301-696-2995 to register.
Landscaping Back Yards in the Historic District
Landscaping historic properties is not a great deal different from landscaping non-historic properties. However, there are some additional considerations, and in Frederick there are some definite parameters. Back yards in the Frederick Town Historic District typically are narrow, some are quite small, and the HDC reviews some categories of proposed work. Some fence types reflect a suburban or rustic style and are not in keeping with the historic district. In general, fences evident in historic photos are acceptable, such as picket, board, wrought iron, and wire fences. Chain link, stockade, alternating board, and split-rail fences are not approved by the HDC. Sheds and garages can have a significant influence on the character of backyards. Such outbuildings must be built according to the guidelines for new construction and approved by the HDC. The most important considerations are the form, roof profile, size, materials, and door and window specifications. The Planning Department will share pictures of secondary buildings that have been approved. Use construction materials approved by the guidelines. Walks, garden structures, and fences must be built of materials approved by the guidelines. Traditional materials in the district include brick, wood, stone, concrete, and metal. The guidelines elaborate on the use of each type of material. preserved in place, to the extent possible. Features that may warrant special consideration include antique birdbaths and benches, paving materials, edging, works of art, gates, and plant materials. Use plant materials to achieve some design goals. Often, design goals can be accomplished with the appropriate selection and strategic placement of plant materials. Plants can be used to screen undesirable views, create focal points, add color and create color schemes, and add visual texture. They also can be used to divide the yard into smaller spaces or “rooms.” Address environmental issues through landscaping. The most common, and potentially harmful, problem involves improper drainage. Proper drainage can be achieved by adding or re-grading soil or by building retaining walls to create terraces. Some drainage problems can be remedied through the selection of plant materials or the installation of drainage devices, such as French drains. Use plant materials appropriate for the space. In much of the historic district, large-scale trees and shrubs have become oversized for the yard. Sometimes owners need to make the difficult decision to have an oversized tree removed or a big shrub severely pruned. Additional plantings should be selected for the size they may achieve and their habit (form). Plants also need to be selected for the amount of light available, water requirements, and whether they are overly invasive.
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Property stewards must abide by the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines in the treatment of outdoor spaces. The HDC has the authority to approve exterior changes, including constructed changes to the landscape. Note that gardens and plantings do not need HDC approval. Paving and other built features, and repairs to such, do require HDC approval. Landscape plans for properties in the historic district should consider the following factors: Incorporate features that complement the historic district. Certain landscape features are more appropriate in suburban neighborhoods or as additions to modern architecture. Decks are an example. This suburban feature is not in keeping with the historic district, and they are not approved by the HDC. Instead, a porch with historically accurate dimensions or a patio can complement the historic building and serve as an unobtrusive addition.
Identify historic features and incorporate them into the landscape plan. Special or historic features in the back yard should be identified and
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Minimize the loss of green space. Gardens and street plantings contribute to the charm of the historic district, and owners should strive to maintain green space to the extent possible. Although paved spaces may eliminate certain maintenance problems, too much paving can increase water runoff and eliminate opportunities for planting. Patios and parking areas should be designed to incorporate green buffers. Consider the maintenance consequences. Unless it is certain that the enjoyment will outweigh the headaches, owners should not make choices that incorporate highmaintenance features, such as “messy” trees and shrubs, complicated plantings, or features that may involve on-going maintenance, such as pools and fountains. Owners should have a good idea of the maintenance required in every season before a decision is implemented. As with yards anywhere, with thoughtful planning, property owners in the historic district can have yards that accommodate a variety of functions and serve as appropriate settings for the historic district’s buildings.
You may have noticed that this issue of the newsletter does not include photographs. Because photographs have not reproduced well in past issues, line drawings have been used instead. We would like to get more black-andwhite line drawings for future issues, including drawings of individual buildings, streetscape scenes, and architectural details. The Planning Department will scan copies of submitted artwork, or drawings can be emailed to Barbara Wyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drawings from artists of all ages are welcome! Drawings should be done in ink or pencil on 8½” x 11” sheets of white paper. Please identify the subject and artist on the drawing or on an accompanying sheet, and please include a return address and telephone number. Save the Date!
Window Weatherization Workshop
Presented by David Gibney, President Historic Restoration Specialists Saturday 17 September 2005 City Hall, Board Room 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost will be $10/person. Call Linda Gravitt at 301-696-2995 to register.
Good News About Fees
Announcing: The Fritz Bowers Historic Preservation Award
If you read the front page story, you know that Fritz Bowers was a long-time architect in Frederick and an early activist for the preservation of Frederick’s historic architecture. In honor of his early historic preservation work, the HDC has established an annual award program named for Mr. Bowers. Beginning in 2005, the HDC will award three Fritz Bowers Historic Preservation awards: in rehabilitation, additions, and landscape. The application deadline will be 1 September 2005, and the winners will be announced on 16 October 2005, the 53rd anniversary of the establishment of the historic district. Please contact the Planning Department for information and nomination forms. In the near future, this information will be on the city’s web site, www.cityoffrederick.com.
Some HDC application fees will be reduced! Beginning 1 July, applications for rehabilitation work that costs less than $500 will be reduced to $5 for residential applications and $10 for commercial applications. The demolition and new construction fee schedules will remain the same. Rehabilitation work over $500 will be charged according to the existing rates.
Historic District Commission Minor Rehabilitation Projects: HDC Approval Not Required
The following building rehabilitation or maintenance activities do not require HDC approval or a building permit. Work can be initiated at any time, and owners will not be cited for a code violation, unless the quantity of work exceeds that specified on this list, or the work is not identified on this list. Work that is similar, but broader in scope, may be eligible for staff approval.
•Paint and patch standing seam metal roofs; •Replace up to 10% of any roofing material, in kind; •Replace flashing; •Repair gutters and downspouts, including the in-kind replacement of up to 25% of any item per wall.
Wood siding, trim, and soffits in
•Nail loose pieces; •10% or less replacement on any one wall, in-kind; •Clean, paint.
Masonry walls, including retaining walls
•Soap and water wash (no power wash); •Paint previously painted surfaces.
Non-historic siding, such as vinyl, aluminum, asbestos, concrete, and asphalt siding (and accompanying trim pieces)
•Reattach siding and remove dents; •2% or less replacement on any one wall, in-kind; •Clean, paint. •Remove 10% or less on any wall of non-historic siding for investigative purposes. The following condition applies: the siding must be replaced or an application must be submitted for the rehabilitation of the underlying walls.
•Any interior improvements (i.e. linings); •Replace flashing. •Replace deteriorated boards under windows; •Replace up to 10% of siding or trim; •Replace flashing; Also, see roofs, above.
Porches: floors, ceilings, railing, balustrades, and steps
•Nail loose pieces; •25% or less replacement, in-kind, of any feature.
•Move meters from the front elevation to a less prominent location; •Remove antennas, satellite dishes, and non-functional meters, cables, roof vents, and pipes. The following condition applies: the mounting hardware must be entirely removed and resulting holes repaired.
Windows and Shutters
•Replace 25% or less of window frames; •Replace broken panes; •Apply glazing compound; •Weatherstrip and caulk; •Replace 10% or fewer of the total number of sills; •Mechanical repairs, including replacement of locks, pulleys, ropes, and chains; •Repair and glue broken shutters; •Repair storm and screen windows, including replacing broken parts.
•The following front sidewalk replacement, according to city standards: Replace concrete with concrete Replace brick with brick Replace concrete with brick Replacing brick with concrete requires HDC approval. Use herringbone or running bond patterns; the basket weave pattern is not in keeping; •Repair existing parking lots and spaces, patio, and walks, in-kind, if the paving material meets the guidelines and if the total square footage is 30% or less of the total back yard; •Seal and repair existing asphalt; •Remove paving to return an area to yard or garden space.
•Repairs that include up to 25% replacement of wood; •Replace or install locks, including dead bolt locks; •Retrofit doors that no longer fit openings; •Replace deteriorated door knockers and mail slots; •Weatherstrip and caulk; •Repair storm and screen doors, including replacing broken parts. •Replace broken glass;
Fences and Gates
•Repair damaged sections, in-kind, in the following quantities: Up to 10% of fences not in compliance with the guidelines Up to 25% of fences in compliance with the guidelines •Repair gates and doors in garden walls; •Install locks and latches.
Keep this Insert for Future Reference!
This page is considered an insert for you to keep for future reference. It explains work that can be done without Historic District Commission approval and work that can be approved by staff, without the need to go before the HDC. Property owners should use the Minor Rehabilitation sheet to assess whether they need to submit an HDC application. Staff will determine whether projects qualify for administrative approval. The approval process can be facilitated if work that is eligible for staff level approval and work that must go before the HDC are included on separate application forms.
Historic District Commission Categories of Administrative Approval
Historic district property owners can obtain administrative approval for certain rehabilitation work, signs, changes to settings, and proposed outdoor features from the City’s historic preservation planner or a qualified consultant retained by the City. These staff level approvals can reduce the approval time and eliminate the need for applicants to attend meetings. Standard HDC application forms are used. When applications are submitted, staff decides if administrative approval is appropriate. Fees are the same, and a sign for public comment must be posted for 10 days. The following work has been approved by the HDC for administrative approval: Rehabilitation Rehabilitation is defined by the Secretary of the Interior as “the process of returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values.” Rehabilitation activities that are subject to administrative approval include, but are not limited to, the following types of projects: •The removal of materials and features that are not in compliance with the guidelines; •The replacement of materials and features not in compliance with the guidelines with materials and features in keeping with the guidelines; •The repair and replacement of deteriorated materials and features with historically appropriate materials and features. Such work may involve siding, gutters and downspouts, roofs, chimneys, porches, doorstoops, and paving. •The replacement of hardware or the installation of new hardware; •The installation of missing materials and features, supported by documentation; •Repointing and other masonry repairs; •Exterior placement of meters, vents, cable or telephone boxes, wiring, antennas, satellite dishes, and components of HVAC systems; •The installation of security devices, such as control panels, touch key plates, mirrors, cameras, and peepholes; •The replacement of exterior light fixtures and the installation of new light fixtures, including fixtures to illuminate signage; •Other minor exterior modifications, including mail slots and boxes and house numbers; and •Minor changes to plans already approved by the HDC. Signs Signs are defined as any device, structure, painting or visual image designed to be seen by the public. Signage can incorporate graphics, symbols, letters, or numbers for the purpose of advertising or identifying any business, products, or services. Signs that can be approved through the administrative approval program include but are not limited to: •The replacement of signs that are incompatible with the guidelines with signs compatible with the guidelines; and •The installation of signs in historically appropriate locations, such as signboards, brackets, windows, and awnings. Modifications to Settings Settings include yards, streetscapes, and other open spaces within the historic district. The administrative procedure authority encompasses the treatment of such settings, including their rehabilitation, repair, and small-scale new construction. Types of features that can be approved through the administrative approval program include, but are not limited to the following: •Sheds; •Fences and walls; •Paving, including the construction or replacement of paths, sidewalks, parking areas, patios, and driveways; and •Other minor landscape features.
Get a permit before you begin work!
Work in the Frederick Town Historic District requires a certificate of approval from the HDC and a building or zoning permit. Permits can be obtained at the Building Department, 4 W. 7th St. Call 301-360-3801 for information.
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distinguishes Federal Style architecture in Frederick City…What makes these dormers particularly distinctive to Fredrick is a front stepped parapet of wood construction. Locals refer to these as ‘Frederick Top Hat Dormers.’ Although these parapet dormers are not unique to Frederick, they are distinctive. Federal doorways are wide and tall, often surrounded by an elliptical fanlight transom and sidelights. A semi-circular or rectangular transom with delicate tracery in an oval motif characterizes some Federal doorways. They may or may not have sidelights. “In Frederick, front doors often have oval trim in their panels, a frequently encountered feature,” wrote Reed and Wallace. A pediment (triangular, segmental, or flat) or a portico may decorate the entry. The portico consists of an entablature and pediment (triangular, segmental, flat), supported by columns. Typical embellishments of the Federal style were balustrades, belt courses, quoins, carved ornaments, and modillions in the cornice. Two-story pilasters were evident until about 1800. Metal details were used in some Federal architecture, such as iron balconies and iron staircases or railing. This description was compiled by Christine Toms, a graduate student in the Historic Preservation program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She was a research volunteer in the Planning Department in 2004-2005. Ms. Toms consulted the following sources for this article: A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester, A Field Guide to American Architecture by Carole Rifkind, Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 16001945, by John Blumenson, and “Thematic Context History – Architecture,” by Paula S. Reed and Edie Wallace. Federal Architecture in Frederick Property Address Mathias House 103 Council Street Ross House 105-05A Council Street Historical Society of Frederick County 24 East Church Street All Saints Parish Hall 21 North Court Street Taney House 123 South Bentz Street
24 East Church Street Drawing courtesy of the Historical Society of Frederick County
The Federal style was common in Frederick from the opening of the 19th century through the early 1830s. The basic form is a simple two-, three-, or four-story square, two or more rooms deep, with symmetrical doors and windows. The form often was modified with projecting wings to the side or rear creating an “L” or “T” shape. The Federal style was lighter and more delicate than the earlier Georgian style. Its façade arrangement was typically five bays, with a central entrance or three bays with a side entrance. The Federal style features side-gable and hipped roof forms, although the latter was more common in the Northeast. Materials used in the Federal style were typically brick and wood. The brick pattern was frequently the Flemish bond, with alternating headers (brick ends) and stretchers (long side). Another brick pattern used was the English (common) bond, with a pattern of one course of headers and three to five courses of stretchers. The exterior of a Federal style building often had a smooth appearance, due to the use of stucco or the application of less heavily tooled wood siding. Federal style windows are double-hung sash with small panes (often six-over-six) separated by thin wood muntins. Early Federal windows were topped with segmental arches or jack arches; late Federal windows had wide wood lintels, with or without bull’s-eye corner blocks. In brick construction, windows may have been set within a recessed arch. The 3-part Palladian windows were common, and were usually placed at the second story above the doorway. Palladian windows feature a center-arched window, flanked by rectangular windows. Dormer windows were common as well. Paula Reed and Edie Wallace wrote, “The use of gabled dormer windows with arched upper sash” is an “important characteristic that
All Saints Parish Hall
John Tehan: A Frederick Original
St. John’s Catholic Church and an undetermined number of residential properties owe their design to 19th century local builder/architect John Tehan. The Irish-born carpenter purchased the house at 215 East 2nd Street in 1844 and made significant changes to it. Architectural historian Douglas M. Greene’s report states that Tehan “apparently tried to modernize his ‘new’ home by adding his version of a beautiful doorway.” According to Diane Shaw Wasch, author of City Building in Frederick, Maryland, 1810-1860, Tehan constructed several properties on 2nd Street between 1853 and 1859 that feature his signature doorway: a molded entablature with pilasters of a Greek key design. Another identifying element of Tehan buildings is the uniform series of scrolled brackets decorating the cornice. John Tehan also is credited with designing St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Frederick, patterning it after a church in Dublin, Ireland. The cornerstone for this building was laid in 1833; the building is still in use today. Over $36,000 was spent in constructing what was then the largest parish church in the United States. The bell tower makes the church the tallest building in the City of Frederick, according to the church’s Web site.
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In the near future, residents of the Frederick Town Historic District and other interested city residents will be able to receive e-mail alerts from the Historic Preservation Planner. Those interested in receiving an occasional e-mail should send their email address to Linda Gravitt: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archeology in Frederick
Did you know that below ground resources—archeological sites--are considered an aspect of historic preservation? Archeological resources are addressed in the nation’s most comprehensive historic preservation program, outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. As stipulated by the federal law, every state participating in the federal program must have an archeology program. Most municipalities with historic preservation programs, including Frederick, have some safeguards for archeological resources. Frederick has not always been able to address archeology, but recently archeologist Andy Stout completed research that will help the city better address its archeological resources. The archeological record may be the only means of understanding prehistoric and historic period cultural groups that left few or no written records. Archeological investigations can reveal the location of activities and sites that show little or no surface hints, and can reveal many aspects of the history of a community. Artifacts retrieved can tell a great deal about the material culture of a community. Investigations have been conducted along Carroll Creek, at Schifferstadt, and at several other sites in Frederick. In future issues, some of the findings of these investigations will be explained.
100 East 2nd Street
Examples of Tehan’s craftsmanship can be found at properties on East 2nd and 3rd streets. Houses located between 217 through 239 East 2nd Street are attributed to Tehan, as is the house at 100 East 2nd Street. Look for some of his signature design motifs on 2nd and 3rd streets.
This article was prepared by Christine Kowalski, an historic preservation intern in the Planning Department and a recent graduate of Shepherd University.
Meet the Commissioners
Members of the Historic District Commission have diverse backgrounds and interests, but they share an appreciation for historic architecture and the unique qualities of the Frederick Town Historic District. Members are appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, based on professional qualifications in architecture, history, planning, real estate, business, and their special interest in historic preservation. Chairman, Mark Buchholz earned a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida. He has been employed with commercial contracting firms in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, holding positions ranging from Superintendent to Executive Vice President/Partner. His personal interests include urban planning and historic preservation. Mr. Buchholz works and lives in Frederick. Vice-Chairman, Frances Baker has been an active citizen of Frederick for many years. A Hood College graduate with a degree in sociology, she has served on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission. Ms. Baker served on the Board of Aldermen for two terms, the last term as President Pro Tem of the Board. She was appointed to the HDC in 2002, and she has resided in the Historic District for 22 years. Kathleen Constable has an MA and a PhD in English from Catholic University. She served on the California Coastal Commission’s Architectural Control Committee in the 1970s. She has taught at Hood College and Mount Saint Mary’s College. Dr. Constable’s lifelong interest in preservation began as a child in Boston when she witnessed vibrant neighborhoods being demolished for parking garages and high-rise apartment buildings. She is a member of several state and national preservation societies. Dr. Constable lives in the Historic District. Pierce Atkins was the first boy born in the historic development of Greenbelt, Maryland. Growing up in Bladensburg, he began a lifelong interest in historic preservation. After earning a bachelor of music degree and spending years as a professional musician, Mr. Atkins spent 40 years making film and video productions in the Washington, DC, area. Among other awards, he has received ten local Emmys. He still enjoys producing videos, including a recent video on the restoration of historic windows for the City of Frederick. When he is not at home in the Historic District, he takes vacations to other historic areas, including Key West, Florida, and Block Island, Rhode Island. Sonja Ingram has lived in Frederick since 1995. She is working toward a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland and works for the Frederick County Planning Department, Land Preservation Program. Ms. Ingram has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, and worked as an archeologist for 10 years on the East Coast and in Puerto Rico. She continues to volunteer on archaeology projects. Ms. Ingram comes from a family with an interest in history. Several family members have history degrees, her mother writes for a local historical society, and her grandmother is an antique dealer. Ms. Ingram lives in the Historic District. Michael Spencer was an Associate Curator of Botany at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History, specializing in the taxonomy of the Bromeliaceae (the pineapple family), and also has a strong background in PreColumbian archaeology and anthropology. After moving to Frederick in 1999, he became a member of the Steering Committee for Frederick’s Comprehensive Plan, worked on the Land Management Code, was appointed to the HDC in 2004, and became a member of Frederick’s Founder’s Day Committee. Mr. Spencer has an academic interest in 18th and 19th century Americana and is an avid collector of antiques. He curated an exhibit of Frederick County candlesticks in conjunction with The Maryland Room, C. Burr Artz Library. His dedication to preserving Frederick’s unique heritage is a major focus of his life.
Interested and qualified residents of the City of Frederick are encouraged to submit an application to serve on the Historic District Commission (HDC). The HDC sometimes has vacancies, and it is in the best interests of the City and the community to fill them as soon as possible. With letters of interest and resumes on hand, the City may be able to act more quickly to fill vacancies. The state enabling code (66B) requires commissioners to be qualified as follows: Each member shall possess a demonstrated special interest, specific knowledge or professional or academic training in such fields as history, architecture, architectural history, planning, archeology, anthropology, curation, conservation, landscape architecture, historic preservation, urban design, or related disciplines. If interested, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Mayor Jennifer Dougherty at City Hall.
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Mayor Jennifer P. Dougherty Alderman William G. Hall, President Pro Tem Donna Kuzemchak Ramsburg Joseph W. Baldi Marcia A. Hall David G. Lenhart Historic District Commissioners Mark R. Buchholz, Chairman Frances G. Baker, Vice-Chairman Kathleen Constable Pierce Atkins Sonja Ingram Michael Spencer Marcia A. Hall, Aldermanic Liaison Director of Planning Charles W. Boyd Historic Preservation Planner Barbara Wyatt, 301-694-1792 Historic Preservation Secretary Linda Gravitt, 301-696-2995 Newsletter Editors Christine Kowalski Barbara Wyatt Joshua J. Bazis
2005 Schedule Historic District Commission
Application Submittal Deadline 1:00 p.m. Mandatory Workshop Board Room City Hall 6:00 p.m. May 26 June 23 July 28 August 25 September 22 October 27 November 22 December 22 Mandatory Hearing Board Room City Hall 6:00 p.m. June 9 July 14 August 11 September 8 October 13 November 9 December 8 January 12, 2006
May 17 June 14 July 19 August 16 September 13 October 18 November 15 December 13