Hobart preservation panel OKs building facade renovations
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent January 21, 2014 9:42PM
Owners of a building in the 200 block of Main Street in Hobart are being urged to preserve the art deco lettering uncovered when an older faade was removed last year. | Karen Caffarini/For the Post-Tribune
Updated: February 28, 2014 6:07AM
HOBART — The Historic Preservation Committee has approved facade renovation plans for the building that houses both Cagney’s Saloon and Prime Real Estate with several conditions, including that the owners make every reasonable effort to preserve the old Dyche Drug sign that was recently uncovered.
The white-lettered art deco sign on a black background drew quite a bit of interest among residents last year after it was uncovered on the front of the Prime Real Estate building at 236 Main St. when the latest facade was removed.
Tiffany Tolbert, of Indiana Landmarks, said at a previous meeting that the owners had several options, including leaving the sign on the building, bringing it inside Cagney’s, at 238 Main St., or donating it to the Hobart Historical Society.
Fred Redell, representing 238 236 LLC, which owns the former Fiester building, said the sign is so brittle it’s cracking.
“If it’s too brittle to take down, we’ll leave it there. Why destroy it?” Redell said at last week’s meeting.
If left, it will be covered again, he said.
Redell said the Cagney’s sign will be removed during renovation, then reinstalled. Prime Real Estate will get a new sign, which has not been designed yet.
Redell said plans are to keep as much of the former Fiester building intact as possible. The building was constructed in the 1800s as a single building.
He said the bottom half of the building on the front side will get new natural red brick. The brick on the 3rd Street side and the brick on the top half will all be painted red to match.
He said all the cornices, sills and other architectural accents will be painted the same white-gray color.
Windows on the 238 side will remain intact and the windows on the 236 will be replaced to match them. A new transom will be placed between the two businesses.
The side and rear of the building will also be painted the same red color, Redell said at the Tuesday meeting.
Redell proposed bringing the recessed saloon entrance forward to align with the rest of the building’s front, but city zoning administrator Carroll Lewis said there could be problems with the Americans with Disabilities Act if the entrance were moved forward.
Other conditions placed by the commission before granting certificates of appropriateness for both businesses include: the two colors of paint to be used on the building; the wood above the door on the 3rd Street side of the building must stay; the owners contact must Building Official Mike Hannigan to ensure the building meets ADA requirements; and Cagney’s sign will be removed during renovation, then reinstalled.
The project will go before the Redevelopment Commission for facade grants.