Design Review Board

Lonsdale Infill Housing Overlay District


Applicant Request

New Primary Structure

1. The house is proposed to be located 20' from the front property line. The proposed front setback is in line with the existing house on the property (to be demolished) and the nearby new construction at 1541 and 1543 Minnesota Ave. The site plan includes a concrete walkway extending from the front door to the street.

2. The block is characterized by modified Queen Anne cottages, Minimal Traditionals, and a significant amount of contemporary infill construction. The proposed one-story, three-bay residence is proportionate to the dimensions of the lot and the other houses on the block. The side yard setbacks are consistent with the context. Both sides of this block will soon be characterized by new infill construction; the proposed design varies from, but is compatible with, the previously-reviewed designs.

3. The proposed parking meets Infill Housing design guidelines for a street without an operable alley (limited to one lane and extending at least 20' behind the house's front façade) and City Engineering standards. Any modifications to the site plan during permitting should meet City Engineering standards.

4. Overall, the one-story, three-bay façade is similar in scale and width to the context. The proposed 2' tall foundation will be compatible with historic foundation heights.

5. The proposed 7'-4" deep, half-width front porch is proportionate to the house. The hipped-roofline extending from the façade contributes additional complexity. The proposed 6" square columns and picket railing are compatible with the historic context.

6. The proposed window and door style and placement are compatible with the historic context. There is sufficient transparency on the side elevations.

7. The proposed 8/12 pitch meets the design guidelines; the house's design will benefit from the additional complexity provided by the 8/12 pitch front-gable massing and the hipped porch roof.

8. Overall materials are appropriate within the design guidelines. The vinyl siding should be lap siding with an overlap instead of Dutch lap or flush panel siding.

9. The site plan includes a new front yard tree.

Site Info

New primary residence fronting Minnesota Avenue. One-story, front-gable roof residence measuring 23'-4" wide by 40-8" long, with a partial-width, hipped-roof front porch, projecting from the left half of the façade. The façade features a projecting front-gable massing on the right half. The house is proposed to be set 20' from the front property line. The proposed parking is a 10' wide concrete driveway on the left side of the property, extending towards the rear of the property. There is no operable alley.

The house features an 8/12 pitch roof clad in asphalt shingles, with an exterior of vinyl siding and a stuccoed, 2' tall foundation. The 7'-4" deep porch extends from the left half of the façade, supported by 6" square vinyl columns. The façade features two one-over one, vinyl windows and a centrally located half-light door. There are two windows on both left and right side elevations. A secondary entry is located on the rear elevation, accessing a pressure-treated wood landing, with an accessible ramp extending around the left elevation.


Charles Sherrod City of Knoxville Housing and Neighb Developmen

Planning Staff
Lindsay Crockett
Phone: (865) 215-3795
1533 Minnesota Ave.

Raymond Simmons Theresa Smith