Michigan State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting Minutes, September 13, 2013

Minutes of The

State Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting

September 13, 2013, 10:00 A.M.
Fourth Floor Boardroom, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
735 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan

Board Members Present
Lynn Evans, Dale Gyure, Richard Harms, Misty Jackson, Elisabeth Knibbe, Ted Ligibel, Jennifer Radcliff, Ron Staley (arrived at 11:03 a.m.)

Board Members Absent
Janese Chapman

Staff Members Present
Bob Christensen, Martha MacFarlane-Faes, Amy Arnold, Laura Ashlee, Scott Grammer, Jessica Puff, Katie Hardcastle, Scott Slagor, Stacy Tchorzynski, Bethany Berdes, Dean Anderson, Todd Walsh, Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, Katherine Kirby, Jessica Williams, Diane Tuinstra

Members of the Public Present

Harms called the meeting to order at 10:00 a. m.

Approval of Agenda
Evans moved approval of agenda as modified.
Knibbe supported the motion.
Vote: 7-0

Approval of Minutes
Radcliff moved approval of the minutes, as revised.
Ligibel supported the motion.
Vote: 7-0

Staff Reports

  • Brian Conway, State Historic Preservation Officer
    • Introduction of Misty Jackson
    • Michigan Modern was incredibly successful.  Cranbrook says it’s the most popular in their history and set records in attendance.  We had a 4 day symposium in June which had about 230 attendees.  The exhibition will move to Grand Rapids to open in May of 2014.  It will focus on West Michigan design at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Kendall College of Art and Design.
    • There is a speaker series at Cranbrook that will end on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The speakers are as follows:
      • Sunday, September 15, 4pm
        “Competition, Collaboration and Connection: Cranbrook in 1939”
        Leslie S. Edwards, Head Archivist
        Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
      • Sunday, September 22, 4pm
        “Alden B. Dow: Midwestern Modern”
        Craig McDonald
        Director, Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
      • Sunday, September 29, 4pm
        “Ralph Rapson: A Son’s Perspective of a Pioneering Modernist”
        Rip Rapson, President and CEO
        The Kresge Foundation
      • Sunday, October 6, 4pm
        “Michigan Modern: The National Context”
        Eric Hill, Professor of Practice in Architecture
        University of Michigan
      • Sunday, October 13, 4pm
        “Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Humanism of Minoru Yamasaki”
        Dale Gyure, Professor of Architecture
        Lawrence Technological University
    • There will be a two week long window workshop at the Ludington Big Sable Lighthouse
    • Arnold is working on SHPO five year plan and as it is being prepared the SHPO will conduct an online survey facilitating a state wide meeting.
    • Flores has CLG applications from Calumet, Northville, Franklin, Manistee and Owosso.
    • The National Mainstreet Conference will be in Detroit in May 2014.
  • Dean Anderson, State Archaeologist
    • There will an archaeology component again in 2014 at the MHPN conference which takes place in Jackson from May 15-17, 2014
    • We have been working on public outreach this year.  Tchorzynski and Yann had a booth at the science festival at MSU, Archaeology Day at Walker Tavern and Heritage Day in Fayette, and they have been working on the Big History lesson with Museum.
    • Archaeology Day is Saturday, October 12, 2013.  We have expanded it so it will be bigger and there is a speaker series as well.  The speakers are as follows:
      • Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11:00am
        The Clunie Site: A Late Prehistoric Site in the Saginaw Valley
        Presenter: Jeffrey D. Sommer, Curator of Archaeology at the Historical Society of Saginaw County, Inc.
      • Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12:00 noon
        Unearthing Detroit: Recent and Ongoing Research by Wayne State University Archaeologists
        Presenters: Dr. Thomas W. Killion, Associate Professor of Anthropology; Dr. Krysta Ryzewski, Assistant Professor of Anthropology; and Brenna Moloney, Doctoral Student in Anthropology
      • Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1:00pm
        Pre-contact Copper Mining on Isle Royale and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
        Presenter: Seth DePasqual, Cultural Resource Manager, Isle Royale National Park
      • Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2:00pm
        The Great Storm of 1913
        Presenter: Wayne Lusardi, Maritime Archaeologist, Department of Natural Resources and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
    • There will be demonstrations of an atlatl or spear thrower, and other children activities. We had 600 I attendance last year and we hope to get more this year.
    • Anderson presented the Archaeology Day posted created by Amanda Tuckey, Art Director for MSHDA.

National Register Nominations
Site: Alma Downtown Historic District, Alma, Gratiot County
Presented by:  Elaine Robinson
Moved for Approval: Radcliff
Seconded: Evans
Vote: 7-0
Criteria: A, B, and C 
Level of Significance: Local

Site: Escanaba Central Historic District, Escanaba, Delta County
Presented by: William Rutter
Moved for Approval: Ligibel
Seconded: Evans
Vote:  6-2, nay Knibbe and Gyure
Criteria: A and C with considerations A and G
Level of Significance: Local

Site: First Federal Building, Detroit, Wayne County
Presented by: Rebecca Binno Savage
Moved for Approval: Radcliff
Seconded: Gyure
Vote: 8-0
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significace: Local

Site: Flint Journal Building, Flint, Genesee County
Presented by: Kristine Kidorf
Moved for Approval: Evans
Seconded: Staley
Vote: 7-0, Ligibel was absent for vote
Criteria: A and C
Level of Significance: Local

Site: William C. and Elizabeth (Bodanzky) Muschenheim House, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County
Presented by: Jessica Puff
Moved for Approval: Knibbe
Seconded: Gyure
Vote: 8-0
Criteria: B and C
Level of Significance: State

Ligibel questioned the period of significance on whether it should be the date the architect retired or his death date since he continued to work after he retired.  Christensen will review end date of period of significance between 1972 and 1990 and send comment to the board.

Site: Robert C. and Bettie J. (Sponseller) Metcalf House, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County
Presented by: Todd Walsh
Moved for Approval: Gyure
Seconded: Evans
Vote: 8-0
Criteria: B and C
Level of Significance: State

Ligibel notes that on page 3, paragraph 3rd it says that is was designed by prominent local Midland architect instead of Ann Arbor.

Ligibel also notes that as with the period of significance for the Muschenheim House we need to be consistent with the end date of significance for these more recent nominations.

Christensen will contact the National Park Service and coordinate a decision for end dates for the period of significance.

Site: Louis G. Redstone Residential Historic District, Detroit, Wayne County
Presented by: Robert Christensen
Moved for Approval: Knibbe
Seconded: Radcliff
Vote: 8-0
Criteria: B and C
Level of Significance: State

Site: Minoru and Teruko (Hirashiki) Yamasaki House, Bloomfield Township, Oakland County
Presented by: Todd Walsh
Moved for Approval: Ligibel
Seconded: Radcliff
Vote: 8-0
Criteria: B and C with consideration G
Level of Significance: National

Ligibel would like to know if it should be considered at the national level and Conway and Knibbe concurred due to the architect.

Walsh would like to revise the nomination to make it stronger for the national level of significance.

Historic District Study Committee Reports - Amy Arnold

Arnold summarized her comments on the reports previously made to the communities.

Modification of Boundaries of Market Historic District, Mackinac Island

Modification of Boundaries of Main Historic Districts, Mackinac Island

The legal description of the boundaries has been added by Gary Rentrop the lawyer the community hired to submit the addition.

Appeals/Annual Resolution - Scott Grammer

Additional Review Board Meeting will be held November 1, 2013 at 10:00am
Harms needs a motion to add an additional meeting.
Moved for Approval: Staley
Seconded: Evans

Dates of Next Meeting
November 1, 2013; January 17, 2014; May 9, 2014; September 19, 2014

Radcliff moved adjournment
Evans supported the motion
Vote 8-0
Meeting adjourned at 12:12pm

Prepared by Bethany Berdes