Friday, February 4, 2005
Shorts from the Historical Commission
• ATM's new look. Have you noticed the new Bank of America sign on the ATM in the town center? It's very large, very bright and according to a town center resident, it's aglow after dark. And it's not at all what the Historical Commission had approved on October 26, 2004, when a representative from the bank presented designs to the Commission. At that time, members approved, in concept, a sign that would be similar to the neighboring Coldwell Bankers sign in overall size, size of lettering, and shade of blue. Not one of the Commission's recommendations was followed, and as a result the Bank of America is in violation. A letter will be sent to the bank notifying them of the violation and requesting that a representative appear at the Commission's next meeting on February 15.
• Woodshed modifications. Also at the January 25 meeting, Peggy Hilton of 70 Lowell Street stepped out of her role as a member of the Historical Commission to discuss her application to change the windows on a woodshed, which the Hiltons plan to convert into a new room, a library. Only one of the windows is visible from the road. After discussion, the board approved a change from the current single barn sash windows to new double-hung Brosco windows with energy panel and screen.
• Heald House barn repairs. The Commission also heard from Sarah Brophy representing the Carlisle Historical Society. Brophy returned to the Commission to confirm the figure — $10,000 — that the Historical Society is requesting for preliminary repairs to its historical barn at Heald House, 698 Concord Street. The Historical Commission had already agreed to support this application before the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), which is expected to present the request at the Spring Town Meeting. The $10,000 will come from the historical preservation portion of the Community Preservation Act. The Heald House barn has been deemed significant in the history, architecture and culture of Carlisle.
• Next meeting. The next meeting of the Historical Commission is scheduled for February 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
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