BY SARAH GREGORY
The Greeneville Historic Zoning Commission heard updates at its meeting Tuesday on renovation at the 190-year-old Valentine Sevier home on North Main Street, one of the most familiar and significant historic structures in the community.
After considerable discussion with Mayor W.T. Daniels and Andrea "Andy" Daniels, his wife, the owners of the 214 N. Main St. property, the commission also gave approval to certain steps relating to the Sevier home's roof and windows.
In late 2012, Andy Daniels and Mayor Daniels purchased the property, which had fallen into a state of disrepair after having been unoccupied and on the market for several years.
The handsome brick residence, a Greeneville architectural landmark, was built in the early 1820s by Valentine Sevier, a prominent Greeneville businessman, public official and philanthropist of that era and a nephew of John Sevier, the state's first governor.
At the previous meeting of the commission, the board approved a Certificate of Appropriateness to allow renovations to the property to commence.
Andy Daniels told the commission Tuesday that metal shingles that currently make up the home's roofing are in poor shape.
She said the roof would be replaced with a dark-green standing-seam metal roof similar to those of other historic homes in the Historic District, such as that of the late Richard H. Doughty, a leading local historian.
After discussion, which included commissioners' input as to the color and pan width the Daniels' should use on their roof, a motion to approve the roof was adopted.
The approval was made contingent on the Daniels' use of a particular style of ridge cap which is being explored with the roofing contractor.
Discussion then turned to the need to replace windows in the home.
Andy Daniels noted that lead paint on the outside frames of the windows will be replaced but will remain white.
Replacement windows being proposed would have thick, one-inch grid patterns, that match the size and shape of wooden windows.
"They will look exactly the same," said Buck White, owner of White's Windows and Installation, whom the Daniels have hired to carry out the work.
However, commissioners were not satisfied with the proposal and insisted that the Daniels purchase and install one window in the home as an example for them to view.
"I'm very negative about the windows," said commission member Roger Hankins, adding, "I would ask you to take a $300 gamble," he said, proposing the purchase and installation of one window.
Andy Daniels agreed, but said that, once the sample window was installed, "I'm not taking it out."
'LOOK MORE ORIGINAL'
W.T. Daniels briefly addressed the issue also.
He told the commission that the replacement windows he and his wife are considering will look more like the original windows of the 1820s-era home than the current windows look.
He also noted that the replacement windows under consideration are the top-of-the-line, highest-rated models in terms of construction quality and energy-efficiency.
Daniels called the commission's attention to the metal storm windows that currently exist on the home, which are obviously not original, and said he guarantees that the proposed replacements will look more original.
A motion that allows the Daniels to have one window installed as an example passed unanimously.