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press photo by ed courrierNewly re-elected HARB Chairman Fred Bonsall (center) questions Glenn Price (at left) about Price’s proposal to convert his carport into a garage at 23 E. Church St. HARB members, from left, are Connie Postupack, Diana Hodgson, Historic Officer Joseph Phillips, Bonsall, Vice Chair Philip Roeder, and Marsha Fritz. Copyright - © Ed Courrier press photo by ed courrierNewly re-elected HARB Chairman Fred Bonsall (center) questions Glenn Price (at left) about Price’s proposal to convert his carport into a garage at 23 E. Church St. HARB members, from left, are Connie Postupack, Diana Hodgson, Historic Officer Joseph Phillips, Bonsall, Vice Chair Philip Roeder, and Marsha Fritz. Copyright - © Ed Courrier

Car port permitted to become garage

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board re-elected Chairman Fred Bonsall and Vice Chairman Philip Roeder to their respective posts at the Jan. 2 meeting before getting back to business at the new start time of 5 p.m. for 2020. Bonsall reflected that he had served on the board for 42 years.

The hearings previously started at 4 p.m. with access through the city hall entrance, and Roeder reminds the public to now use the Rotunda entrance.

Glenn M. Price was granted a certificate of appropriateness to convert the existing two-bay carport behind his corner house at 23 E. Church St. into a garage. Two solid paneled steel garage doors would be installed facing Long Street. A six-paneled man door would be to the right of the garage doors. An additional man door would provide access to the fenced back yard. Roeder, Beth Starbuck, and Marsha Fritz encouraged Price not have the black “fake hardware” carriage house style hinges installed.

Bonsall and Roeder suggested he clad the walls in durable cement board lap siding, instead of the proposed T1-11 plywood panel siding. Fritz added that the T1-11 panels were “not historically appropriate.” Siding and door finishes are to be smooth, with the doors painted off-white and the siding barn red. Aluminum half-round gutters and round downspouts are to be installed as well.

Approval was granted, with the stipulation the applicant deliver a cut sheet of the 13-inch light fixtures and a color sample of the barn red paint to the historic officer.

The Historical and Architectural Review Board regularly meets the first Wednesday of every month to review all exterior changes proposed to buildings in the Bethlehem Historic District north of the Lehigh River. When a proposed project receives a certificate of appropriateness from the board, applicants must wait for City Council to vote on it before proceeding.