ARB Supports Howard Street Reno with New Window Plan

39 Howard Street in Sag Harbor.

A property owner at 39 Howard Street has abandoned a previous, much-debated plan to install contemporary, louvered windows — originally approved by the Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review in January of 2018 — in a new addition to be built onto an historic house.

Instead, the owner, Juliana Terian of Julane Properties LLC, last Thursday appealed to the board for simpler, six-over-six pane windows that resemble those in the original part of the house.

With a majority of the board saying the new window plans are better than what they previously approved — albeit with the membership of the board having changed significantly since it evaluated the plans in 2018 — the updated windows were approved, 4-0, with board member David Berridge abstaining.

“I think it’s a big improvement,” said the board’s historic preservation consultant, Zach Studenroth. “You don’t want to see new design attempting to appear as if it were old, but what kind of nips it in the bud for me is the roof line itself is so not historic. It’s so flat. It looks to me to be very clearly a new addition and not trying to repeat the original.”

Interim board chairman Dean Gomolka compared the previously approved, louvered design to “barracks,” and said the newer look is better.

Architect Paul Regan, who said he is new to the project, also told the board, “The original windows have been reconditioned and are in place.”

The review board also approved renovations to a house at 39 Meredith Avenue in Azurest, 5-0, despite Mr. Berridge’s feeling that the design was less than ideal. The final four-bedroom, five-bathroom house, measuring 2,106 square feet, would be improved with a first-floor addition, dormers on the front and back, new windows and doors, a new roof and fresh, white paint. The board conditioned its approval upon changes to the columns featured on the front of the house to make them appear more functional.

“We’re not trying to win any awards,” said James Bennett, representing the property owner, Eastward Ventures LLC. “They don’t want to spend a fortune on the renovation. It’s been sitting there for 30 years. I think it’s fortunate you have someone who purchased it and wants to fix it up.”

Mr. Berridge countered, “I think someone who is going into a neighborhood should try harder.”

The property owner is also headed to Sag Harbor Justice Court later this month for allegedly having cleared too many trees from the lot.