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HSV Historic Commission mtg 4.8.13

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Broadway is already moving on this. He has already proposed tearing down half or almost all of the historic structure and just leaving the remaining facade and constructing 12 new homes behind it. This is worse than tearing the whole thing down in my opinion. (I really wish this was not proposed by one of our Historic Commission members). Leaving a ruinous wall and destroying the WHOLE of the structure will be devastating to the integrity of the building (which is supposed to be a very uniform shape) and the space it inhabits. Art Deco was very Palladian in its design.. with simple and elegant curves and angles, but VERY symmetrical geometries. One of the key signatures of Deco is that it is equal dimensions on all four sides. (Think the Chrysler building in NY, or the Bullocks Wilshire building in LA). Tearing down part of the structure will be worse than razing the whole thing. A COMPLETE building speaks to the scale and space of its surroundings, fitting harmoniously in place in the center of the block, neighborhood, district, town. Is Old Town an "historic district" or not? An historic district does not have 12 NEW structures in it. It would cease to be "historic." East Clinton speaks to our time, place, and history, and is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. It is a cultural, historical, and architectural landmark in the community. It gives Huntsville a sense of time and place, a certain look, feel, memory that is familiar to its residents. It is a landmark that orients its inhabitants with a sense of scale and space with harmony and order, it directs us with a majestic presence and gives hierarchy to a space. Don't let Huntsville be hijacked by developers.

I encourage everyone to familiarize yourselves: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Deco

East Clinton and the Art Deco style

Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as "an assertively modern style...[that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material...[and] the requirements of mass production."[2]

During its heyday Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.


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  1. Broadway seems to be the only entity that has a plan for this area of my neighborhood. Who else is putting up money to do anything with this structure? Apparently, the schools that wanted to move in didn't have enough motivation/money to do the types repairs that would have made it possible for them to use the space. As a home owner on Clinton Ave near the school, I dread this empty structure falling into grave disrepair, falling in, becoming some kids' club house -- etc. There are great ideas, but I don't see anyone putting any money on the line to preserve the entirety of this structure. I heard Broadway has agreed to the proposal to leave the front of the school intact, using the rest of the land as home sites. You know who takes care of their property? Home owners. This neighborhood was in bad condition 20 years ago. Houses were falling apart, many had been converted to rental properties - no one wanted to live here. Since that time, families have moved in, renovated, reconverted 4 plex apartment buildings (such as the one on the corner of Clinton and White) back into single family homes, and sometimes they have torn down houses and structures (corner of Clinton and Calhoun) to make this neighborhood what it is today -- a beautiful area with homes that increase in worth faster than almost anywhere in the city. Preserving history is a great thing. Blocking change and creating stagnation in the name of historic preservation in my opinion isn't good for the neighborhood.

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