The Board encourages the saving of the Historic District and history of the
City. “Demolition of any building or structure which would detract from the
Historic District or result in a loss of historically significant qualities will be
strongly discouraged. In reviewing an application, the Board will also look at
the proposed new use of the site and how the new use will impact the Historic
District. Demolition of existing buildings which are not a significant loss to the
Historic District to allow for the construction of new buildings which enhance
the Historic District is acceptable and may be encouraged by the Board.
Demolition shall include “demolition by neglect,” which shall mean neglect
In the maintenance, repair or security of a site, building or structure,
resulting in any of the following conditions:
1. The deterioration of exterior walls or other vertical supports;
2. The deterioration of roofs or other horizontal members;
3. The deterioration of exterior chimneys;
4. The deterioration of exterior plaster or mortar;
5. The ineffective weatherproofing of exterior walls, roofs and
foundations, including broken windows and doors; or
6. The serious deterioration of any documented exterior
architectural feature or significant landscape feature which in
the judgment of the Commission Historic Preservation Board
produces a detrimental effect upon the character of the district.
(b) New Construction Guidelines.
The purpose of this section is to define the architectural principles and elements which the Historic Preservation Board will use to review the design of new construction within the Historic District.
1. Additions. The proposed addition must fulfill the following requirements to be acceptable:
A. Additions should be designed to preserve significant historic materials and features and minimize the damage or loss of significant materials and craftsmanship such as, but not limited to, pressed brick, decorative marble, stone, terra-cotta, or architectural metal.
B. Alterations to primary elevations and features which distinguish the building should be avoided. These features include, but are not limited to, window patterns, shutters, porticos, entrances, doorways, roof shapes, cornices, decorative moldings, or glazing.
C. Additions should preserve the historic character and be compatible in size, scale, form, color, material and character so not to visually overpower or distract from the original building.
D. Additions should protect the historical significance and be readily distinguishable from older work, but the new work should be harmonious with the old work as defined in subsection (b) (1) B hereof. Plan the new addition so it provides some differentiation in architectural design characteristics.
2. Infill structures. The construction of proposed new infill buildings on vacant lots in the Historic District is encouraged. Such infill buildings should fulfill the following criteria:
A. The new building should be designed to be compatible with the surrounding buildings. It should look as part of the whole.
B. The new building should look new, using material and methodology appropriate to today’s architecture. The design should not pretend to mimic historic styles, but should be sensitive to the character of its neighbors.
C. The use of pseudo-historic details and elements should be avoided because it detracts from the Historic District by compromising the truly historic character of the Historic District.
D. Good infill buildings are compatible with many of the design characteristics of the surrounding buildings and structures. Some of the following design characteristics of the infill building should be reflective of its neighbors:
3. Freestanding structures. The freestanding building has the greatest latitude in design character to still be compatible with the character the Historic District. The new building should be reflective of the tradition of the Historic District. The proposed new freestanding building must fulfill the following requirements to be acceptable:
A. Quality of design, materials and craftsmanship reflect the pride we hold for the Historic District and its individual buildings.
New buildings which are representatives of quality design and use materials in character with the Historic District make a positive contribution to the Historic District.
B. The use of infill design concepts such as rhythm, proportion, building form, and materials establish a consistency between the existing Historic District and the new building.
C. The new building should interact with pedestrians and the public space in a manner consistent to the character of the Historic District.