Proposed Rehabilitation of Kitchen, Oakley Farm
The NPS proposes a No Adverse Effect determination- -and thus approval- -for the rehabilitation of a c.1885 frame kitchen-dependency at Oakley, a privately owned farm in the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District. The exterior/elevation aspects of the planned work, by the owners, are being reviewed under the terms of a NPS-managed conservation easement, which covers planned changes to the exteriors of structures.
The Measured Drawings file in the attached Document List (kitchen referenced on drawings as "Bunkhouse"), along with the supplemental Photos and Site Plan files, illustrate the exterior-elements of the proposed rehabilitation as follows: (1) remove the one-story, shed addition on the east façade of the kitchen's main, two-story component, (2) replace the T-1-11 vertical weatherboards on the east façade of the first story of the main, two-story component with horizontal, wood weatherboards matching those existing on the rest of the building, (3) close the exterior-door opening on the first story of the east façade of the building's main, two-story component, and replace that opening with a new exterior door-opening on the first story of that facade, aligned with the existing, south, second-story window of that façade, (4) change the type of each of the two exterior doors from steel-with-9-lights, to wood-with-8-lights, to match the existing, exterior door-type on the rear (south) façade of the manor house; color of kitchen doors to remain black, (5) add two window-openings to the first floor—one to the east façade and one to the west façade—and each aligned with an existing, second-story window, (6) replace all window-types, which are energy-inefficient, with aluminum-clad-wood windows of same type: double-hung, six-over-six, (7) to provide weather-protection, construct two one-story, single-bay, wood, porches—each supported by two round posts and clad in a standing-seam roof of the type extant on the building—at each exterior door; the ground-disturbing work necessary for the new stoop for the proposed porch on the east façade—and at the location of the current gravel parking-area under the east addition—would entail excavation to a depth of 20 inches, and over an area of 5 ½ feet by 6 feet (parking area to be abandoned); on the north façade, installation of a widened stoop for the proposed porch would entail excavation to a depth of 20 inches, but with an area not extending beyond one foot around each edge of the current stoop, (8) change the kitchen's exterior-color from yellow back to white, and to match the existing white color of several other dependencies, with same color for posts on porches.
The kitchen is not mentioned specifically in that part of the District's National Register of Historic Places nomination form (1974). However, the NPS in consultation with its Section 106-advisor for historic architecture, is nonetheless identifying the kitchen as an individually "contributing" property. Such identification follows a Va. Historic Landmarks Comm. Architectural Survey Form for the property, prepared by Mark Wagner, and sent to Audrey Tepper of the NPS' Technical Preservation Office on 16 May 2002. More specifically, the NPS concurs with Wagner's evaluation that the kitchen is itself a contributing structure, but only its central, two-story portion—identified on Wagner's site-plan as "Hist. Portion of Bldg." The kitchen was extensively modified in 1974-2004, through the installation of windows, doors, and siding of different design, the removal of the west one-story, shed addition, and the replacement of all or part of the east one-story addition through its conversion to a carport.
Noel Harrison, Manager of Easements, 540-693-3200