Historic Zoning Commission

Old North Knoxville H: Level II


Staff Recommendation
Exterior rehabilitation

Staff recommends approval of the work as proposed, with the following conditions: 1) specifications for new secondary entry doors be submitted to staff for approval; 2) final specs (including measurements, dimensions, and design elements) for wood replacement columns and brick pier elements be submitted to staff for approval.

Applicant Request

Doors; Guttering; Masonry repair/painting; Porch; Roofing; Siding; Windows

Full exterior rehabilitation project.

Repair and reconstruction of front porch. Applicant proposes repair and reconstruction in patches to front porch foundation, including brick veneer. Existing brick will be salvaged and reinstalled for foundation. Brick column piers will be stabilized, which will necessitate the removal and reinstallation of brick veneer cladding in places. Round wood columns (currently hollow) are proposed to be removed and replaced, using custom-built solid wood round columns to match in size and design. Plywood covering front porch to be removed, installation of wood tongue-and-groove porch flooring.

Removal of non-historic stucco cladding. Repair and replacement in patches of existing wood siding. Unique siding detail on front and side elevations to be retained and reconstructed where necessary.

Repair and repointing to brick masonry chimneys.

Replacement of existing asphalt shingle roof with new asphalt shingle roof. Repair and replacement in patches to wood fascia and soffits.

Repair to front door and sidelights. Replacement of secondary exterior doors.

Repair to existing windows

Site Info

Queen Anne cottage

One-and-one-half-story residence with a hipped roof clad in asphalt shingles, an exterior clad in non-historic stucco, and a brick masonry foundation. A hipped dormer with paired one-over-one, double-hung wood windows is centered on the faҫade. A hipped-roof porch supported by four round wood columns on brick piers extends the length of the faҫade. Brick masonry relements are a yellow brick. Half-light wood door flanked by half-light wood sidelights. Three yellow brick chimneys.

1. 120 Leonard Place is a contributing resource to the ONK local historic overlay. The unique house has experienced significant deferred maintenance; only one COA for the house, dating to 2003, is on file.

2. The proposed porch reconstruction project will address significant deterioration of the foundation, flooring, and brick elements. The porch will retain the existing footprint, materials, and design elements. Installation of new wood tongue-and-groove flooring meets the design guidelines. To address settling in the porch columns and roof, the brick piers will be removed, the roof will be supported with temporary piers, and the columns (round wood columns on brick-clad square piers) will be reinstalled. Repair and reinstallation of the unique yellow brick elements is appropriate.

In October 2003 (10-F-03-HZ), the columns were proposed for repair and replacement in patches. While the Commission postponed the review to receive further information, approval was ultimately granted by staff for "repair columns as necessary to duplicate current original columns." Therefore, portions of the existing wood columns may not be original. They are hollow, rotted, and leaning significantly; the applicant has sufficiently documented the columns' deterioration. Replacement in-kind with solid, round wood columns will contribute to the porch's overall longevity. Replacement columns should match the originals (including simple bases and capitals) in size, design, and placement.

4. Removal of the non-historic stucco cladding is appropriate. Repair and replacement in-patches to the unique double-cut wood lap siding meets the guidelines. Where the double-cut siding detail exists on the house, it should be maintained. Wood cornerboards, window trim, and other trim elements should match existing. The ONK guidelines contain useful guidance on working with painted wood surfaces; removing deteriorated paint should use hand scraping or sanding, the gentlest method possible, to preserve the existing wood elements.

5. The Commission should discuss options for the applicant related to the differences in the rear elevation brick and the front yellow brick veneer elements.

6. Repair to the existing front door and sidelights meets the design guidelines. Final specifications for replacement secondary doors should be submitted to staff for approval.

7. Since submitting the application, the applicant has clarified they intend to repair the existing windows, which meets the design guidelines and will significantly contribute to the house's historic integrity.

8. Replacement of the existing asphalt shingle roof with a new asphalt shingle roof (including repair and replacement in-kind of wood fascia and soffit elements) meets the design guidelines. Repair and repointing to the unique brick masonry chimneys also meet the design guidelines. Replacement mortar should match the original in color, composition, profile, and depth.

Location Knoxville
120 Leonard Place 37917

Tyler Stinnett

New Season Properties, LLC