Piper will get to keep its purple awning after receiving
its Certificate of Appropriateness from the Cedarburg
Plan Commission last week.
Photo by Art Dahlke
CEDARBURG – On a split 4-2 vote, and against the
recommendation of the Historic Preservation Commission,
the Cedarburg Plan Commission voted last week to issue a
certificate of appropriateness for the new PJ Piper
Pancake House awning.
purple, if you haven’t noticed.
Landmarks Commission really struggled with this,” said
Cedarburg Planner Jon Censky at the Plan Commission
meeting. “They ultimately voted on whether or not the
color of the awning is appropriate from a historic
perspective. The Plan Commission has a much broader
September, owner Judy Fergadakis came before the
Landmarks Commission to gain approval of the awning she
already installed on her business. At that time, she
noted she was in error by not going before the Landmarks
Commission in her attempts to improve the building.
that meeting, the commission also noted that the awning
was not a permanent change to the building, as awnings
are replaced every five to 10 years. At that time, and
again at the December meeting, the Landmarks Commission
failed to accept the purple awning.
“That’s what we want – the Landmarks Commission should
have a specific mentality; they are the authority on the
historic district,” said Mark Burgoyne.
any discussions the Landmarks Commission has about the
purple color should take into account the other purple
building downtown,” said Commissioner Heather Cain. “My
understanding is that is the historic color of that
Burgoyne explained that about 15 years ago, colors
chosen for the purple building at W62 N594 Washington
Ave., were not brought forth for approval either and
that the differences in the two purples were “night and
don’t think two wrongs make a right,” said Commissioner
Greg Zimmerschied. “This is a tough one; I struggle with
making a business owner incur an additional expense. But
there is a certain responsibility when you purchase a
building in a historic district.” Fergadakis reported
that she had checked with the installer of the awning
about a means to tone down the color and any attempts to
do so would likely damage the awning.
do think this will fade over time,” said Burgoyne.
Commissioners then questioned whether or not the city
provided a palette of acceptable colors.
“Once you put in a color palette … every awning will be
taupe, every awning will be green,” said Commissioner
John Czarnecki. “Just drive to Germantown, you can guess
what their criteria is – all German, boring.”
that, Czarnecki made a motion to issue a Certificate of
Appropriateness to Fergadakis. The motion passed with
Burgoyne and Zimmerschied opposing it.