CITY OF MUSKEGON
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
DATE OF MEETING: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
TIME OF MEETING: 4:00 p.m.
PLACE OF MEETING: Conference Room 204, City Hall
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Minutes of the regular meeting of February 7, 2023
III. Old Business
IV. New Business
Case 2023-04 – 1334 Peck – Windows and Garage Demolition
V. Other Business
1292 Jefferson – March City Commission Worksession
“We admire that which is old not because it is old, but because it is beautiful.” Winston Churchill
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II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of Minutes of the regular meeting of February 7, 2023.
III. OLD BUSINESS
IV. NEW BUSINESS
Case 2023-04 – 1334 Peck – Windows and Garage Demolition
Applicant: City of Muskegon CNS
Current Function: Residential
The applicant is seeking approval to demolish the existing, detached garage and to remove and replace
18 wood windows with replacement wood windows matching the size, design, proportions, profile,
and materials of the existing windows.
View of house from Peck Street, looking east. All windows visible are proposed to be replaced.
Detached garage visible at far left.
View of south elevation. All windows visible except the fixed, decorative window are to be
View of detached garage proposed to be demolished.
WINDOW, DOOR, AND EXTERIOR WOODWORK STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES
These guidelines pertain only to proposed changes to the structure and do not affect existing
These guidelines are primarily directed toward the front and side elevations of the structure. Greater
variances and more leniency may be extended toward proposed changes to the rear elevation of the
building by the Commission. All desired or proposed changes should be referred to the Historic
District Commission for consideration. Extenuating circumstances, the effect upon the architecture of
the particular structure together with the general effect upon the surrounding structures, variables in
architectural design, or the effect upon usage and viability of the structure could dictate a variance
from these guidelines.
No exterior doors, windows, or exterior woodwork shall be altered, removed, relocated, or added
without Historic District Commission approval.
Existing exterior window or door casings, sills, and caps shall not be altered from the original design
or appearance. Damaged or deteriorated wood shall be repaired as a first course of action. When repair
is not possible, elements shall be replaced with matching wood members. Damaged or deteriorated
wood elements may be replaced or covered with formed aluminum or vinyl, subject to Commission
approval and provided that the original profile of the woodwork is not altered or changed.
Existing damaged or deteriorating window frames and sash shall be repaired as a first course of action.
When repair is not possible, elements shall be replaced with matching wood members. Metal or vinyl
replacement windows may be acceptable provided they match the original windows in design and
type and that they consist of or are painted an appropriate color. Bare metal finishes generally will not
The size of glass lites and muntin arrangements shall not be altered without Commission approval.
Special glazing, such as stained or leaded art glass, shall not be removed without Commission
approval. Unusual decorative windows such as Palladian windows, oriels, bays, Gothic arch or
segment tops, etc. shall not be removed or altered.
Wood storm and screen windows are the most appropriate for use in the historic district. Other types
of storm, screen, or combination windows will be approved provided that the new storm window
mullions align with the mullions of the primary windows. Blind stop storm and screen windows
(where such windows are placed inside the existing window frames rather than affixed to the exterior
of the frames) are preferable and may be required in some instances. Bare metal storm and screen
windows must be painted to match or complement the trim. Interior storm windows may be acceptable
as long as they do not detract from the appearance of the primary windows. Care should be taken,
however, when using interior storm windows because condensation tends to form on the inside surface
of the primary window and could cause damage to the wood and paint if not properly ventilated.
I move that the HDC (approve/deny) the request to demolish the existing, detached garage and to
remove and replace 18 wood windows with replacement wood windows matching the size, design,
proportions, profile, and materials of the existing windows including a grill pattern that matches the
existing windows’ grill patterns as closely as possible and with the condition that if true divided lite
windows are not used, grills must be permanently affixed to both the interior and the exterior of the
windows as long as the work meets all zoning requirements and the necessary permits are obtained.
V. OTHER BUSINESS
1292 Jefferson – At the upcoming, March 13th City Commission Worksession, City staff will present
a proposed project in which the City of Muskegon would move the Nelson House from its current
location at 1292 Jefferson Street to the vacant lot at 382 W. Muskegon Avenue.