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Historic commission approves building improvements

By Ashlee Hoos ahoos@kpcmedia.com

Sep 7, 2018

ANGOLA — Building improvements are coming to 117 W. Maumee St., the home of Shelton Investigations in downtown Angola, after approval came from the Historic Preservation Commission during a meeting held Tuesday.

Ken Shelton, the owner of the building, presented along with his contractor Doug Bidlack on the changes which include replacing and improving the enclosed rear entrance of the building, replacing a window and replacing the vents in the sidewalk-level windows along the Elizabeth Street side of the building that are no longer used.

Shelton also plans to replace the deteriorated second-story windows. The wood windows on the east side of the building are partially covered by the one-story addition at the rear of the adjacent building and the remaining exposed portion no longer serves a purpose according to a staff report because they are above the first-floor ceiling.

Indiana Landmarks staff member Deb Parcell said the proposed siding on the rear entrance addition to the building, which is not original, will improve it.

“I recommend approval on the condition that colors are staff approved,” Parcell said.

Several commission members commented on Shelton’s chosen colors, saying it will match the bricks nicely.

“The siding on the rear of the building is rotting,” Shelton said. “The same can be said for the asphalt shingles back there.”

The enclosure will receive new aluminum siding and metal roofing.

The windows, Shelton said, are a security risk to the building because of their condition and location. Through removing windows typically goes against local guidelines and is not recommended for a historic building, Parcell’s staff report said replacing them with siding in a compatible color to the existing bricks should be considered allowed because of the location, condition and related safety issues.

The vents in the sidewalk-level windows are no longer in use, so Shelton plans to remove them and replace them with siding to match the brick color, while keeping the arched brick at the top of the openings.

Commission member JoDeane Church applauded Shelton for trying to work within the guidelines set for the features of the building.

“I know it’s more effort to stop, come here and get approval, but it’s so important,” she said.

Other members echoed her sentiments as well as the understanding for improving security to the building.