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The following links provide direct access to the .pdf document or the main page of each local jurisdiction’s historic preservation commission. Titles and vocabulary may vary from “historic guidelines” to “historic district regulations.” If you have a link to add or find an inactive link, please email us at director@napcommissions.org and let us know.

Lewisburg

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population less than 5,000. These guidelines have been written with the purpose of helping property owners and the Commission determine how buildings and properties can best be maintained and preserved to honor the Historic Preservation Ordinance.

Beverly

Ripon: Downtown Design Guidelines

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The Design Manual is an accumulation of recommendations created to direct and lead Ripon in its endeavor to conserve and enhance the appearance of the central business district, preserve historical and architectural assets, and assist property owners. Design guidelines encourage property owners to effectively work together as new construction and restoration develops.

Spokane: Downtown Design Guidelines

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The guidelines contained in this document serve to assist project proponents, city staff, interested citizens and the Design Review Committee in their deliberation and communication. The guidelines provide a framework for discussing how design solutions for a specific proposal on a specific site can best address the urban design intentions of the Downtown Spokane Plan.

Snohomish

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. These guidelines were adopted following research into existing historic housing and commercial structures within the City of Snohomish, completion of a City-wide visioning process to establish locally-held values regarding historic preservation, evaluation of existing guidelines from other communities, and public input through workshops, lectures and discussion groups held by the Design Review Board and Planning Commission.

Friday Harbor

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with population less than 5,000. The guidelines offer a step by step design approach for all rehabilitation projects undertaken within the Historic District. Throughout the manual, general design principles are presented first followed by more detailed design elements and issues.

Shelburne

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population less than 5,000. The purpose of the guidelines, and the design review process through which they are administered, is to explain and promote appropriate preservation of the architectural heritage and development pattern that defines Shelburne, Vermont’s historic districts. The guidelines are intended to help with the reasoning and evaluation processes associated with both planning and reviewing projects within historic districts.

Roanoke: H1 & H2

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The H-1 District design review guidelines are based upon principles outlined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, but address issues specific to Roanoke.

Norfolk

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. These Historic District Guidelines are designed to be used for decisions made by property owners, architects, and engineers working in local historic districts; as well as by the Norfolk Design Review Committee and City Planning Commission in their review of applications for Certificates of Appropriateness. They also serve as a useful resource in city-wide efforts to preserve Norfolk’s unique character.

Loudon County

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The recommendations found in the Loudoun County Historic District Guidelines are based on the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation published by the National Park Service (NPS). The Standards are very broad by nature since they apply to rehabilitation within historic districts throughout the United States. These guidelines are intended to help interpret the Standards for Loudoun County’s historic districts.

Fredericksburg

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. This handbook relates historic preservation to community planning and development while providing applicable maintenance and restoration guidelines. This document explains the design review process and the importance of conducting the rehabilitation of historic buildings in a sensitive manner.

City of Fairfax

Arlington County: Maywood Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This handbook was created to clarify and explain the requirements of the Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board. The handbook includes design guidelines for rehabilitation of historic buildings and construction of new buildings within the historic district.

San Antonio

Grapevine

Granbury

Georgetown: Downtown Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. These guidelines are to be used when considering improvements to historic properties in Georgetown, and for new construction within the city’s historic overlay districts. These districts include the Downtown Overlay District and the Old Town Overlay District.

Galveston

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The Design Standards guide rehabilitation, alteration, expansion, and new construction projects involving locally-designated individual historic landmarks and properties in locally-designated historic districts. They also guide Landmark Commission review of such projects, helping the City and property owners maintain the unique qualities of Galveston’s historic resources.

Fort Worth: Fairmount National Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This guide has been compiled for the residents and property owners in the Fairmount/Southside Historic District to assist in guiding residents through the design review process. This guide hopes to educate owners on the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation standards for historic properties within the Fairmount Historic District.

Murfreesboro

Knoxville: Edgewood Park

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. These guidelines inform today’s owners about techniques for restoration, rehabilitation, and maintenance. The purpose of the design guidelines is to introduce a consistent standard for rehabilitation and restoration projects and new construction; that consistency will allow the historic fabric of the neighborhood to be maintained.

Arlington: Depot Square Overlay District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The purpose of this document is to guide development, improvements and renovations to commercial and multi-family developments in the Depot Square Overlay District in a consistent manner that protects and preserves the historic and architectural value, and creates an aesthetic atmosphere of the District. These design guidelines are criteria and standards by which the Arlington Design Review Committee must consider in determining the appropriateness of work proposed within the Depot Square Overlay District.

Mount Pleasant: Conservation/ Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This document contains guidelines for new construction, exterior remodeling, or demolition of any building or parcel within the boundary indicated in the Town of Mount Pleasant’s Old Village Historic District.

Greenville: Hampton-Pickney Historic District

Greenville: Signs in Preservation Overlay Districts

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with population greater than 50,000. This document provides guidance for improvements to historic properties and work within Preservation Overlay Districts in Greenville, South Carolina. The guidelines are for property owners planning exterior alterations, additions or demolitions to existing buildings. They also apply to the design of new buildings within the Preservation Overlay Districts. The guidelines will be used when making decisions about granting approval to exterior alterations and additions to structures and to proposed new construction and demolition in the districts. Page V of the document provides a reference chart of what chapters of the document would be most helpful to renovations, additions, and new construction.

Columbia

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The following Design Guidelines are criteria and standards that the Design/Development Review Commission must consider in determining the appropriateness of proposed work within a historic district

Providence

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This document was prepared to assist local historic district commissions in their evaluation of projects in their communities. The standards are intended to assist property owners who are considering changes to their historic building and need help carrying out the project.

Cranston

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The following guidelines have been developed by the Cranston Historic District Commission under Cranston’s Zoning Ordinance. The Standards and Guidelines serve as a basis of the Historic District Commission’s review for granting Certificates of Appropriateness. This document helps define features of Cranston’s historic districts and provide common sense guidance on the best means of preserving and enhancing the integrity of these features in rehabilitation and new construction projects.

The University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. These guidelines are intended to guide the Alliance’s evaluation of new construction projects and to assist community organizations and regulatory agencies in their review of proposals for new construction in historic districts. This document is also intended to assist architects and developers in planning and designing projects within a historic context.

Portland

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The design review process and guidelines provides an opportunity for public evaluation of new construction and exterior changes to buildings and sites. Design review evaluates architectural compatibility, building placement, and massing of new construction and exterior changes.

Tulsa

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This document is designed for use within Tulsa’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zoning Districts to assist in the design review process. The guidelines provide principles to follow while undertaken an exterior rehabilitation of an historic structure. The document provides several illustrations and images for easy reference.

Cincinnati: Conservation Guidelines

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The conservation guidelines are meant to be used by owners, architects, contractors and the City’s Historic Conservation Board when owners in historic districts decide to make changes to the exterior of their buildings. The conservation guidelines are designed to provide a path for homeowners to undertake work in a historic district that is compatible and sensitive to the district’s character.

Utica

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The design guidelines can help prevent misinformed alterations to historic property by offering preferred, time-tested options for dealing with significant features and by specifying precise treatments for solving common maintenance related issues.

Rochester

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This document gives a good overall view of different residential architectural styles found in Rochester, New York. The document also provides additional links to further technical assistance including National Park Service Preservation Briefs.

Pittsford

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The Village of Pittsford Design Standards incorporates information and establishes design review principles found in the preservation guidelines of other communities across the state. The Design Standards are meant to help identify acceptable solutions to some of the common changes proposed to historic properties. This document contains a chapter addressing the unique challenges of preservation and architectural review of post war homes and neighborhoods within the village.

Newburgh: East End Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The purpose of these design standards and guidelines is to enhance the prospect of preserving the significant architectural and cultural assets of the East End Historic District. The guidelines seek to provide a basis for decisions by the City of Newburgh’s Architectural Review Commission (ARC) in issuing Certificates of Appropriateness for proposed alterations to buildings comprising the East End Historic District.

East Hampton, Huntting Historic: District

East Hampton: The Hook Historic District

East Hampton: Ocean Ave Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The Ocean Avenue Historic District Guidelines aims to maintain the historic integrity of properties within the district by requiring them to go through design review process upon any rehabilitation projects. This document outlines the appropriate treatment of features within historic properties in addition to the appropriate process to follow during new construction.

East Hampton: Main Street Design Review Manual

Carson City

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This document outlines the definition of “character defining features,” and specifies that any of these features as part of a historic house should be recognized and protected through maintenance and rehabilitation.

Plainfield

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The Design Guidelines are intended to further appreciation of Plainfield’s historic buildings and places, to ensure consistency in local decision making, and to benefit property owners by clarifying community expectations.

Hopewell

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population less than 5,000. The design guidelines are intended to act as a tool to help manage change and protect Hopewell Township’s architectural and historical resources. They are intended to provide information and guiding principles rather than rigid rules to property owners, design professionals, and contractors.

Hoboken

A comprehensive design guidelines document for applications within a municipality with a population just over 50,000. This resource gives an overview of the application procedure, City’s architectural history, designated districts & sites, building materials, systems, new construction strategies, and criteria for demolition. Includes a taxonomy of the City’s architectural styles, glossary of terms, and QR code hyperlinks to additional resources.

Cranbury

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population less than 5,000. The design guidelines are intended to provide an objective basis for the Historic District Commission’s decision, increase public awareness of historically appropriate design, and discourage insensitive rehabilitation and repair.

Closter

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. These design guidelines provide information and guiding principles and links to additional technical information on how to maintain and rehabilitate historic materials and buildings.

Cape May

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population of less than 5,000. The design standards have been developed to provide information and direction to property owners and residents of Cape May who want to proceed with work that will be subject to review by the Historic Preservation Commission. This publication provides a summary inventory of the architectural styles, and their significant features, standards for appropriate and inappropriate treatments for the more common exterior rehabilitation projects, and illustrations of do’s and don’ts for such projects.

Plattsmouth

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The guidelines established in this document follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The guidelines address both commercial structures within a main street district in addition to residential buildings.

Winston-Salem: West End Historic Overlay District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The design guidelines establish criteria that identify design concerns for a historic district and help property owners ensure that exterior alterations respect the character of an individual property and the District as a whole. The design review guidelines provide the Commission and staff with standards for making decisions when reviewing applications for Certificates of Appropriateness.

Winston-Salem: Bethabara Historic District

Winston-Salem: Old Salem Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with population greater than 50,000. The design guidelines provide property owners with knowledge and guidance necessary to the preservation and design review process for historic properties. This document provides good general knowledge as well as a more in-depth look at the design review process.

Wilmington

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This manual provides guidelines which enable the Commission to act responsively and responsibly in reviewing design changes in historic districts. It identifies Wilmington’s historic districts and describes the review authority of the Commission in each district.

Raleigh

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with population greater than 50,000. The design guidelines are intended to meet several needs. For property owners, residents, and contractors, it provides primary guidance in planning projects sympathetic to the special character of each of Raleigh’s historic districts and local landmarks. The principles of best practices presented in the guidelines also offer valuable guidance to owners of a National Register property or any older structure.

High Point

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The design review guidelines provide a framework from which recommendations may be offered about the appropriateness of exterior treatments in a historic district. The guidelines supply homeowners and the Historic Preservation Commission with minimum standards for making decisions when reviewing applications for Certificates of Appropriateness.

Greensboro

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The purpose of Greensboro’s Historic District Program and Design Guidelines is to encourage the preservation, conservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historically and architecturally significant areas of the city and individual buildings.

Charlotte

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The Policy & Design Guidelines Manual contains a variety of information. It is designed to clarify the application process and to give Local Historic District property owners an understanding of what constitutes appropriate rehabilitation, renovation, and construction.

Chapel Hill

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The purpose of these design guidelines is to provide guidance to property owners within Chapel Hill’s local historic districts as they plan exterior changes that are consistent with the special character of the districts. They also offer guidance to the Chapel Hill Historic District Commission as it reviews the appropriateness of all proposed changes throughout the districts.

Asheville

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The design guidelines are intended for use by the Historic Resources Commission in the design review process to evaluate all potential changes to a historic building. Property owners can use the guidelines to determine a basic approach to rehabilitation and renovation of their property and when developing design concepts for addition and new construction.

St. Paul

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The guidelines for Dayton’s Bluff Historic District, Historic Hill Heritage District, and University-Raymond Commercial Historic District provide a framework and suggestions for appropriate steps to follow within the design review process. The guidelines focus on appropriate preservation practices in addition to providing an overview of architectural styles and terms.

Kalamazoo

Grand Rapids

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. These guidelines address a wide variety of structures and architectural features. The purpose of the guidelines is to assist property owners, architects and building improvement contractors in planning the appropriate repair, rehabilitation and new construction of designated historic landmarks and properties within established historic districts.

Montgomery County

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a county with a population greater than 50,000. This document provides a brief summary of the County’s history and predominant architectural styles and offers an overview of the County’s preservation program. Central to this document are the design guidelines that articulate appropriate treatments for designated historic sites and properties within historic districts.

Frederick County

Chestertown

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. These guidelines provide the Historic District Commission (HDC) and property owners with guidance on appropriate methods for the upkeep and rehabilitation of the town’s historic buildings. This text can be easily referenced by looking through the Table of Contents for a topic that matches your project.

Baltimore

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The Design Guidelines will assist property owners when considering changes to historic structures. Using the guidelines will help preserve the historical and architectural integrity of neighborhoods and structures.

Annapolis

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The purpose of the Annapolis design guidelines is to protect the character of historic streetscapes and buildings within the historic district. This protection is achieved by encouraging new design which is visually compatible with a historic setting and promoting alterations which are sensitive to historic buildings and streetscapes.

Lower Makefield: Edgewood Village

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The purpose of these design guidelines is to provide a useful manual and reference for the continuing preservation of Edgewood Village’s historic structures, and the appropriate integration of any new construction into the historic district.

Harvard

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. These guidelines were written as a set of principles that can guide the process of rehabilitating a historic property. The guidelines range from broad to specific and give readers an overview of the design review process.

Concord

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The following Design Guidelines are intended to provide direction for property owners and potential applicants before the commission on the kinds of alterations that the Concord Historic District Commission deems appropriate. The Guidelines are also intended to help the Commission make consistent and informed decisions about what is and is not appropriate.

Boston: St. Botolph Architectural Conservation District

Boston: South End

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. These standards serve to guide property owners in planning the rehabilitation of buildings. They also aim to assist the district commission in determining architectural changes that are appropriate to the district.

Boston: Mission Hill

Boston: Back Bay

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. These design guidelines identify basic standards for the components and historic features of buildings within the Back Bay West Architectural Conservation District.

Boston: Beacon Hill

Slidell

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The Guidelines are principles that are intended to protect the historic character of the district. The priorities for protection are based upon features that were identified by a team of local preservationists and preservation architects as significant and by the community as desirable to maintain.

Ponchatoula

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The Guidelines are principles that are intended to protect the historic character of the district. The priorities for protection are based upon features that were identified by a team of local preservationists and preservation architects as significant and by the community as desirable to maintain.

New Orleans

Monroe

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. This manual lists design guidelines for commercial and residential historic properties. The guidelines include information such as common rehabilitation questions, recommendations for treatment of architectural elements of historic properties, and guidance for new construction. This manual uses photographs of actual buildings and architectural details within districts to familiarize historic district residents with standard elements and features.

Leesville

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The purpose of the design guidelines is to enable property owners contemplating renovation within the Downtown Leesville Historic District to maintain the historic look, feel, and character of the district. The guidelines also address new additions to historic buildings and new construction within the historic district.

Lake Charles: Margaret Place District

These design guidelines are intended for use by the City of Lake Charles Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in regulating the city’s historic preservation ordinance. The guidelines convey recommendations on renovations, restorations, and new additions to existing buildings and to the historic district as a whole. The guidelines can also be used by property owners to assist them in making decisions about renovation, restoration, and new construction projects that will affect individual buildings in the district and the overall historic character of the district.

Jeanerette

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The Jeanerette Historic Preservation District Design Guidelines Manual is intended to provide specific criteria for appropriate rehabilitation work, new construction, and demolition for property owners in the Jeanerette Historic Preservation District. Design guidelines assist property owners in maintaining and enhancing the appearance of their properties, keep up their property values, and improve the livability of historic areas. The guidelines are designed to help property owners understand the value and methods of preserving and maintaining the essential character of their property and methods for preservation and appropriate maintenance.

Houma

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. These guidelines adopted in 2003 address issues such as building alterations, light fixtures, signs, new construction, and demolition. The guidelines have been used by the historic preservation commission in their review of a wide variety of rehabilitation efforts in Houma. The manual is intended to assist property owners in understanding appropriate forms of historic building rehabilitation and how new construction can best support the character of the local district.

Hammond

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The historic district design guidelines are intended to facilitate the continued preservation of Hammond’s historic resources by offering clear graphics and wording. The guidelines hope to ensure the retention of Hammond’s historic built environment for the benefit of its current residents and future generations.

Franklin

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The City of Franklin Historic District Design Guidelines are intended to provide the Franklin Historic District Commission (HDC) and residents with guidelines for building rehabilitation, new construction, and other changes which would affect the overall appearance of the Franklin Historic District. The manual provides information on rehabilitation methods and recommendations for new construction and demolition to guide property owners in planning and designing their projects.

Crowley

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The purpose of the design guidelines is to enable property owners contemplating renovation and/or restoration within the Crowley Historic District to maintain the historic look, feel, and character of the district. The guidelines also address new additions to historic buildings and new construction within the historic district. The goal is to encourage long-term planning for historic district resources in Louisiana that were negatively impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Covington

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The Covington Historic Preservation District Design Guidelines were developed to provide applicants and the Historic District Commission with clear and detailed standards to guide rehabilitation and new construction within the historic district. The guidelines will be incorporated into the city’s comprehensive plan and will assist in the ongoing efforts of historic preservation in downtown Covington.

Clinton

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population less than 5,000. These guidelines are organized similarly to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and are intended to be used jointly with this document and with local zoning ordinances. The Guidelines are principles that are intended to protect the historic character of the district. This document protects the character of the district by requiring the preservation of certain features and materials and by guiding the design of additions and new construction to be appropriate.

Baton Rouge

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The Historic District Design Guidelines are intended to assist owners of historic buildings to maintain, preserve, and enhance the architectural character of the district. Design guidelines address issues important to maintaining and preserving the character of neighborhoods, such as designing additions or alterations to historic buildings, constructing new buildings, or demolishing historic buildings in historic districts.

Abbeville

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The Abbeville Commercial Design Review Guidelines Manual is intended to provide specific criteria for appropriate rehabilitation work, new construction, and demolition for property owners in the Downtown Abbeville Historic District. Design guidelines assist property owners in maintaining and enhancing the appearance of their properties, keep up property values, and improve the livability of historic areas. Design guidelines help property owners understand the value and methods of preserving and maintaining the essential character of their property and methods for preservation and appropriate maintenance.

Newport: East Row Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The following design review guidelines are written to provide the Historic Preservation Commission and building owners with recommendations for restoration and remodeling which are in keeping with its architectural character and add to the economic value of the property and the East Row Historic District. This does not prevent changes to a historic building or neighborhood, but does require careful planning before making repairs and alterations, undertaking demolition, or designing new structures.

Louisville

Bowling Green

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The purpose of the Design Overlay Standards is to provide the Historic Preservation Board with standard and objective criteria on which to base design decisions. The Overlay Standards also provide design assistance to property owners desiring to build or remodel historic districts.

Newton: McKinley Residential Historic District

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The purpose of this document is as follows:-To guide choices that will ensure the long-term preservation of district homes.-To guide property owners through review processes under state preservation law and the historic tax credit program.-To assist the Historic Preservation Commission in the review process.

Newton: Newton Main Street Historic Districts I and II

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. The intent of these design guidelines is to ensure exterior improvements or alterations to existing buildings, as well as demolition and new construction projects, are undertaken in ways that sustain and enhance downtown Newton’s existing architectural qualities: its historic materials, massing, setback, style, details, and fenestration patterns.

Valparaiso

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population between 5,000 and 50,000. This document provides an outline of requirements and recommendations which are used as guides in the determination of appropriateness of proposed work within a Historic District. These guidelines provide a good general overview of design options as well as defining architectural terms accompanied with illustrations.

Rock Island

Naperville

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. The purpose of the Historic Building Design and Resource Manual is to provide comprehensive information regarding Naperville’s local history and architecture as well as specific guidelines for appropriate maintenance, rehabilitation, and new improvements that preserve and enhance the character and appearance of Naperville’s important historic buildings and neighborhoods.

Elgin

A comprehensive design guideline document for application within a municipality with a population greater than 50,000. This design guideline manual provides information for property owners and the Elgin Heritage Commission on appropriate methods for preserving and maintaining the architectural character of the overall districts and individual buildings. Design guidelines outline the practical methods for building rehabilitation and new construction which are essential to preserving a district’s sense of time and place. Design guidelines offer property owners protection against actions which could be harmful to their property values and the marketing of their dwellings or commercial buildings.

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