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Fences make good controversies in Quapaw Quarter

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FENCE OF CONTENTION: In front of Garland House. - CZDC
  • CZDC
  • FENCE OF CONTENTION: In front of Garland House.
The Capitol Zoning District Commission meets tomorrow and a familiar controversy is on the agenda — a wrought-iron fence at 14th and Scott that the commission is fighting in court to have removed because it's four feet high, eight inches higher than approved.

The case has gone to court twice. It prompted an effort by Rep. Nate Bell to abolish the Capitol Zoning District Commission, which oversees planning and building in the areas around the Capitol and Governor's Mansion.

The home is owned by Patrick and Ida Cowan and is one of the city's most historic, an 1871 structure built by future governor Augustus Garland.

They've been turned down before for  approval for the fence. The Commission is currently in court seeking an order to have the fence removed, but the judge in the case has stayed action pending another vote before the Commission.

Rather than take 48 inches to recite the long history, you can read about the pending application here.

UPDATE: The Commission staff tells me the Cowans have asked for a one-month deferral of the request and the commission will likely grant that.

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