‘Certificate of Appropriateness’ for building modification issued by
Tartar to install fan for Vintage Fare
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[May 27, 2014]
LINCOLN - Last Tuesday evening the city
of Lincoln Historic Preservation Commission met for their monthly
meeting. On hand were commission members April Doolin, Mike Fak,
Brian Messner, Julie Gerardeau and Julie Cooper. Also present was
recording secretary Risa Riggs and city building and zoning officer,
In the first order of business Cooper was sworn in by Riggs as a
new member of the commission replacing Ron Keller who had recently
The primary call to action was a motion to approve a request from a
downtown property owner, Greg Tarter. A ventilation fan is needed in
the kitchen area of the Vintage Fare Restaurant.
This would be the second time the commission reviewed this request.
In the first instance, the request was denied for lack of complete
This week, members quickly recognized that Tarter had done a much
better job making his request, and that they had before them all
they needed in order to make a decision.
When the Vintage Fare moved from its location on Pulaski Street to
the corner of Broadway and North Kickapoo, it was a move to a
building with no alley access. The building had never been a
restaurant, so it had to be remodeled to accommodate cooking.
When the building was originally built it was a bank with concrete
floors on the second level. Because of this and the fact that the
building joins with others on the north and east sides, the only
logical place to install a ventilation fan was on the street side of
the structure, where it would be readily visible to the public.
With the downtown area now being a historical district, Tarter had
to apply for the certificate of appropriateness and show that the
new installation would adhere as closely to possible to preservation
On Tuesday night, Lebegue explained the new plan for the fan to the
commission. Tarter had selected a fan that would serve the purpose,
but still not be too large. He would remove the upper pane of glass
from a ground floor window and replace it with the fan and a wood
surround. The wood could then be painted to match the color of the
In addition, the bottom pane of glass would be painted to cover the
mechanics of the fan and block the view into the kitchen from the
Doolin said she had talked with the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency and this was the process they had recommended for
accommodating the restaurant. Doolin noted she personally wasn’t in
love with the plan, but she felt like she should not be more hard
line on the issue than the IHPA would be, so she was going to go
along with it.
She also said that Tarter had earlier planned to fill in the window
gap with glass blocks. She said IHPA had vetoed that suggestion
saying it was too permanent of a change. The idea is to keep the
building as historically correct as possible, but also to be able to
return it to its former condition if the restaurant were to move or
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Lebegue was asked how far the fan would stick out on the
exterior. He said the total depth of the fan was 28 inches, but
part of it would be inset in the window frame. He estimated the
fan would stick out possibly two feet. He added that fan would
be up high, and not at eye level view.
He was also asked about the sills and frame of the window, would
they be changed? He said that would not be permitted according
to IHPA standards. Because the original frame is wood, it will
need to remain wood. This later led to another discussion about
updating windows in general. It was explained that generally
energy efficiency will take precedence over historical
correctness. It was noted that upgrades in windows, doors,
bathrooms and kitchens are generally acceptable.
asked if the windows could be wrapped with aluminum and noted that
all the windows in the building are bad. Doolin said she felt like
that was a discussion for another day.
The group also talked about the color of the fan. Tarter had
provided the commission with a specification sheet on the fan he
wants to install. The sheet indicated the fan came in a shiny
aluminum, but it was also noted there was a flat black option.
The group stipulated they wanted Tarter to pursue the flat black,
but if there was also another color option closer to the color of
the building they wanted him to opt for that.
The group, through several amendments, came up with a motion to
approve. In the motion, Tarter would be allowed to install a fan in
the upper pane of a ground floor window. He may not install an
aluminum colored fan. He must paint the surround in the upper pane
and the glass in the lower pane to match the color of the building.
He must remove the fan, its wood surround and the painted glass, and
restore the window to its original look should the restaurant move
The motion passed unanimously.
This will be the first Certificate of Appropriateness the commission
[By NILA SMITH]