Historic Zoning Commission

Old North Knoxville H: Level II


Staff Recommendation

Staff recommends approval of Certificate 6-H-24-HZ, subject to one condition: 1) final site plan to meet City Engineering standards and requirements of the City zoning code.

Applicant Request
Accessory structure; Windows
Proposed new secondary structure (garage). The garage measures 24' by 24' and the revised proposal is for the rear right side (southwest) of the property, behind the house. The garage features a 6/12 gable roof clad in architectural shingles, an exterior of wood lap siding, and double-hung fiberglass windows. The garage door will be a carriage-style wood door.

Scope of work also includes the installation of new fiberglass windows on the right side, basement-level of the primary structure, to include three, three-light, fixed fiberglass windows.

CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL PER 7.18.2024 HZC: 1) final site plan to meet City Engineering standards and requirements of the City zoning code.

Staff Comments
American Four Square, c.1915
    Two-story frame residence with a hipped roof clad in asphalt shingles and a hipped-roof dormer on the façade. Exterior features brick veneer cladding on the first story and wood lap siding on the second story, with a decorative flare at the belt course. Brick foundation.

1. 128 W. Glenwood Ave is a contributing resource to the Old North Knoxville National Register Historic District and local overlay. The application was postponed at the June 2024 meeting to allow the applicant to revise the garage placement and provide additional information.

2. The garage is proposed to be located to the rear of the house, on the right side of the property. The garage will be accessed from a secondary access off Armstrong Avenue instead of the alley. The design guidelines note that garages shall be located to the rear of the primary building on the lot. The revised placement of the garage meets the design guidelines. The final site plan should meet City Engineering standards and standards of the zoning code, including the corner side setback of 12' from Armstrong Avenue.

3. The guidelines note that new outbuildings "may only use materials and design characteristics selected from the following list," which is referenced in the guidelines. The outbuilding includes a shallow (6/12) roof pitch, instead of the 12/12 recommended in the guidelines; however, the primary house has a roofline less steep than a 12/12. The other materials proposed in the revised drawings and the materials list meet the design guidelines.

4. The proposed basement-level windows are compatible in design with the original house. Fiberglass windows would not be appropriate within the guidelines as replacement windows for original wood windows; however, new fiberglass windows may be appropriate for new windows on minimally visible elevations, particularly at grade, where moisture intrusion at ground/basement level may affect wood window materials.

Ethan Fields

Planning Staff
Lindsay Crockett
Phone: 865-215-3795
Email: lindsay.crockett@knoxplanning.org
Location Knoxville
128 W. Glenwood Ave. 37917

Kathleen & Michael Fischer

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