BY SARAH R. GREGORY
The Greeneville Historic Zoning Commission on Tuesday granted a Certificate of Appropriateness for window replacements in a portion of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Main St.
Windows in the original portion of the church, which dates to 1848, will not be replaced.
Those windows were recently re-glazed, with their mouldings refinished, resealed and repainted.
The church also plans to replace the shutters with new wooden shutters, according to Joe Odell, a member of the church who appeared before the board Tuesday.
TWO TYPES OF WINDOWS
Commissioners approved installation of two types of windows -- a high-end, decorative Marvin replacement window for visible areas, and a standard vinyl replacement window for an area in the rear of the church that faces an alley.
The project is to be carried out by White's Windows and Siding, of Greeneville.
A section of the church, constructed around 1953, will have Marvin replacement windows that feature mouldings on the outside and decorative mullions.
COMMISSIONERS IN FAVOR
"I've always been strongly in favor of this as a replacement window," said Commissioner Roger Hankins.
"This is about as good as you can get to keep the tilt-in, easy-to-clean feature, and to keep the mullions expressed on the outside of the window," he said.
"I applaud the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for coming back with a really great alternative, and I know it's costing money, but it is a really good window," Hankins concluded.
Commission Chairman Sarah Webster agreed.
"You'll still have the historic profile of the original window, which you don't have when [the grid of window panes is] flat," she said.
"The thing I like about it is, when the sun shines on it, shadows are going to look like a re-done window would look.
"When you do not have that architectural detail on the outside, you don't get that. You just see a mirror," Webster concluded.
COST TWICE AS MUCH
As discussion continued, Hankins questioned the price difference between the Marvin replacement windows and vinyl replacement windows, but a per-unit cost difference could not be determined.
The decision to split the difference and use vinyl replacements in areas not readily visible brings the project cost to about $55,000.
The pricetag for the project if it would have used all vinyl replacements would have been $36,670, Odell said. If all windows had been replaced with the Marvin units, he added, the cost would have totaled $82,242.
The nicer windows, Commissioner Noah Young noted, "are twice as much, basically."
"We appreciate you taking the extra step to do it right," Commissioner Bill Moskowitz told Odell.
At the conclusion of the discussion, Hankins made a motion that the commission accept the two types of windows, with areas facing Church and N. Main streets receiving the Marvin replacements, and vinyl windows going on the rear section.
Commissioners also thanked Odell and fellow church member Ken Southerland for providing samples of each window, and overlays illustrating how the windows will look once installed.
NATIONALLY REGISTERED CHURCHES?
After the commission's vote, Webster noted that the board should consider suggesting that the historic churches in the downtown area seek individual recognition on the National Historic Register.
"I think that because we have so many old, beautiful, historic churches in our local historic zone, and mostly in the National Register District, too, that we should, perhaps, consider suggesting that these churches all get individually registered as National Register properties," she said.
"Then, we can have a little accumulation of them in our Historic District. I think that would be a real jewel of something for tourism," she said, urging commissioners to think about the possibility.
"I think it would be a good thing to organize," she concluded.
Commissioners did not discuss the proposal, and the meeting concluded shortly thereafter, with no other action items for the board to consider.