For the second time in a little over a month, the Back Bay Architectural Commission has rejected a request by Steve and Judy Pagliuca to turn the basement of 352 Marlborough St. into a garage.
At issue is not the garage itself, but the way the couple would drill through the building's original brick facade to install garage doors. The commission has say over exterior building work and trees on the streets and in the alleys of the Back Bay historic district.
At a meeting last week, the commission said cutting the building's original brick facade for the door to the two-car garage along the rear alley was just too much of a change to the building's historic nature and look. The Pagliucas also wanted to install a five-foot balcony above that and convert an existing window into a door for the balcony.
Last month, the commission rejected the Weston couple's plans for a four-car garage on the property - after approving their plan for a garage at their other property on the street, at 362 Marlborough. In that case, the commission said the Pagliucas would be cutting into a 1912 extension, which was of less historic significance than the original 19th-century facade.
The board also rejected a request from the Pagliucas to tear down two large trees on the property, but without prejudice.
The couple's project manager said the trees will die with the addition of a city-mandated "recharge" system - which will ensure rainwater goes into the ground to help maintain the water table. But the board asked them to look for ways to install the system without severing the trees' roots after the Garden Club of the Back Bay and their immediate neighbor said they'd be willing to help them work on alternatives.