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Fixing House’s “Eyes” On ARB Agenda

Posted on 30 October 2008

The replacement of a column and windows at a historic Suffolk Street home is on hold, following a discussion in front of the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board on Monday, October 27 where the board encouraged owner Howard Kanovitz to look into restoring the windows of the residence rather than replace them.

Kanovitz approached the board about the project, which entails replacing a rotting front column in kind, which will be custom made. He was also interested in replacing the windows of the residence with the same style of window, he said, in a version created by the Anderson window company.

“The original windows are single pane and are in terrible condition,” he explained, adding they were irreparable.

“Generally, those are the eyes of the house and they can be restored,” said board member Robert Tortora.

Kanovitz said he thought the version Anderson created were both well constructed and looked identical to what was in the home currently, but Tortora disagreed, going as far to say that Kanovitz would be devaluing the home if he moved forward with this kind of replacement.

“I think the window issue is one this board has been very sensitive too,” agreed board chairman Cee Scott Brown, adding that because the home was historic and in the historic district, the board would like to see Kanovitz explore the idea of restoration.

Board member Michael Mensch did note that it would be difficult to try and recreate the narrow muttons for the window with any energy conservation, to which Brown replied storm windows can help achieve that goal.

Kanovitz said he was specifically trying to avoid using storm windows as they hide the classic look of the window.

“The very eyes you are talking about get shut,” he said.

Mensch provided Kanovitz with the names of professionals who handle window restoration and the board said they were amenable to approving the custom column replacement and paint, but Kanovitz said he would rather wait.

“I have got to do the whole thing at once,” he said.


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