Tag: Historic Preservation

Council approves request made to building facade program

An application for the Commercial Building Façade Program in the amount of $14,157.50, if lead abatement is required, or for $9,952.50 was approved at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The office building at 1801 North Main St. in Edwardsville, which used to house the Klingel House Tea Room, will be affected by this approval.

Alderman Will Krause said the funds will go toward window restoration.

“This is what was formally known as the Klingel House Tea Room on the north end of the community. They will be doing window restoration and that’s why the lead abatement is in there, if that is to be found during the restoration process,” Krause said.

The improvements that will be made to the building include removing loose paint, repainting all of the wood trim, doors, windows, overhang, fascia, shutters and dormers, in addition to removing the window sash and sending the windows to Restoration Works.

With two committees in support of the application’s approval, Krause said it was moved forward unanimously.

“This did pass out of the historic preservation commission, as it is a local landmark with their approval and also passed out of finance committee with our approval,” he said.

 The property originally housed the Grace Manor restaurant before closing Sept.  5, 2012. Soon after, the Klingel House Tea Room moved in before it followed suit. According to Economic/Community Development Director Walt Williams, the property is now an office and will remain that way.

With no further discussion, Krause made the motion for approval, seconded by alderman Janet Stack.

All were in favor of its approval.

The next Edwardsville City Council meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7 at City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.