STYLE AND DESIGN: The creative and aesthetic expression of the designer.


  • No specific styles are recommended. Creativity and original design are encouraged. A wide range is theoretically possible, from modern to revivals, from simple to decorated
  • Surrounding buildings should be studied for their characteristic design elements. The relationship of those elements to the character of the area should then be assessed. Significant elements define compatibility. Look for characteristic ways in which buildings are roofed, entered, divided into stories and set on foundations. Look for character defining elements such as chimneys, dormers, gables, overhanging eaves, and porches.


  • Avoid the imitation of historic styles. A district is historic because of actual historic buildings, not because it has been made to "look" historic. New construction will eventually be seen as a part of the district’s evolving history and must be read as a product of its own time, not as an historical fraud.
  • Avoid the adoption of, or borrowing from, styles, motifs or details of a period earlier than that of the historic district or which are more typical of other areas or cities.

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