Start: Tue, 04/08/2014 (All day)
End: Tue, 04/08/2014 (All day)
Location: Charlotte, NC

Why are these proliferating in our historic neighborhoods and what can be done?

Presented with Levine Museum of the New South
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
5:30pm — 6:30pm

Levine Museum
Main Library
Room: JHC Learning Studio
310 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 416-0100

Free and open to the public
Free parking at 7th street parking garage (have your ticket stamped at the Levine Museum before the event)

With the upswing in the economy and an increasing desire of people to live in walkable connected traditional neighborhoods, our historic communities such as Cherry and Chantilly are feeling pressure from infill development that is architecturally and urbanistically insensitive to the original character.  The historic character is a major reason why people desire to live in these neighborhoods.   One major proliferating negative aspect are snout houses.  A snout house is a house with a protruding garage that takes up most of the street frontage, squeezing out front yards and making it hard to find the front door. This layout is worked into many types of houses, including single-family houses, duplexes and other multifamily structures.  Snout houses come in a full range of styles from neo-craftsman to neo-modern.

Presenters at this event will:

  1. Introduce the concept of the snout house;
  2. Explain how our elected officials are enabling the proliferation of snout houses with a bill that prohibits design controls;
  3. Present examples of historic and new houses that feature elements of walkable neighborhoods;
  4. Discuss how home builders and designers think in terms of home design and building in relationship to architectural and urban context, and;
  5. Propose ideas and design techniques to protect and enhance our historic and new neighborhoods.

PARTNERS:  Presented with Levine Museum of the New South, Civic By Design, Charlotte Historic District Commission, and Historic Charlotte

Snout House definition
WSJ:  What's Wrong with this Picture?
We can do better than this?
The "snout house bill" that prohibits design controls

This event is approved for 1 hour of CNU-A Continuing Education Credit.

Thomas E. Low, Chair
The Civic By Design Center
119 Huntley Place
Charlotte | North Carolina | 28207
704 996-0349
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The mission of the Civic By Design Forum is to elevate the quality of our region’s built environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a more beautiful and functional region for all. We achieve our mission by engaging and uniting businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, municipal governments, and citizens through civic design. This is a free and open to the public forum in our tenth year of activity. The Forum is presented with the Levine Museum of the New South and through partnerships with the Foundation for the Carolinas, Crossroads Charlotte, American Institute of Architects Charlotte, the Congress for the New Urbanism Carolinas, the Charlotte Sierra Club, the US Green Building Council Charlotte, the City of Belmont, the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance, the Charlotte Mixed-Income Housing Coalition, Congress of Residential Architecture Charlotte, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America Charlotte, City of Charlotte Transportation and Planning, Charlotte Center City Partners, Sustain Charlotte, the Public Art Program of Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council, TreesCharlotte, Plan Charlotte and participants like you.  Thomas E. Low AIA CNU LEED AICP NCARB, Chair, Civic By Design Forum. © 2014
Host Organization(s): Civic By Design