Historic Zoning Commission Considers Renovation Proposal for 1890s Home

Feb 21, 2024 at 01:13 pm by Chandelar Williams

Murfreesboro, TN - The City of Murfreesboro's Historic Zoning Commission convened on February 20, 2024, to review a renovation proposal for a property located at 429 East College Street. Michael and Lynn Parkinson, the homeowners, presented their plans for several additions and revisions to their 1890s single-family house, which sits within the North Maney Avenue Historic District.
The charming one and a half-story dwelling, constructed in the Vernacular cottage style, boasts distinctive features such as decorative gable vents and hardi board siding with a 4 ½” reveal. Over the years, the property underwent various transformations, including a conversion to a duplex and later a triplex. However, in February 2023, the Historic Zoning Commission approved renovations to restore the house to its original single-family status.
Now, the Parkinsons seek approval for additional enhancements, including:
1. **Attached Carport**: The proposal includes a two-vehicle carport connected to the house by a breezeway. The carport features a 22’ x 22’ concrete pad and 8” x 8” x 9’ unpainted eastern cedar posts. The front gable and rear wall will sport unpainted eastern cedar lap siding with a 4 ½” reveal, complemented by charcoal-colored architectural shingles matching the existing house. The gutters will replicate the previously approved galvanized half round gutters and round downspouts.
2. **Rear Attached Covered Patio**: The plan incorporates a 16’ x 16’ concrete pad with a stamped design, supported by 8” x 8” x 9’ eastern cedar posts. Similar to the carport, the patio will feature charcoal-colored architectural shingles with a 12/12 pitch, harmonizing with the house and carport.
3. **Front Steps Revision**: The Parkinsons propose replacing the previously approved front wooden entry steps with brick steps to align with the front brick sidewalk previously sanctioned by the Historic Zoning Commission.
The deliberations of the Historic Zoning Commission will play a pivotal role in preserving the architectural integrity of this historically significant property while accommodating the homeowners' desire for modern amenities at 429 East College Street.
For more information and pictures go to Historic-Zoning-Commission.
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