|Survey under way of historic homes|
|Wednesday, October 17, 2012|
By SABRINA GARRETT
Middle Tennessee State University graduate students were spotted in Lebanon Tuesday afternoon conducting a baseline survey that Kim Parks, chair of Historic Lebanon Tomorrow, hopes will lead to establishing historic zoning within the city.
Students, such as Julie Warwick and Ashley Armstrong, spent most of their time on blocks lining West Main Street from Caruthers Avenue to the Castle Heights area, surveying homes.
“They want us to take an inventory. We look for the style of the house that it is, the material it was made with and how it is configured,” Warwick, a Public History major, said.
“It is everything around Cumberland, too,” Parks added of the area students covered. “Hopefully, after the first of the year we can get some kind of historic zoning or conservation overlays – and that has to be approved by the Lebanon City Council. Right now we are just doing some research for when we present to them.”
Parks, who resides in a South Tarver house featured on the annual Historic Tour of Homes, said that she has always been interested in preserving these landmarks.
The graduate students will continue to do these surveys throughout the next two weeks.