Design Standards in the Heritage Conservation District

The general design, arrangement, texture, and material of a new building or structure and the relation of such factors to similar features of buildings or structures in the immediate neighborhood and in the Heritage Conservation District shall be detailed in applications to the Historical Commission.
Consideration shall be given but not limited to the following:

SIZE, SCALE AND PROPORTION
New Construction shall relate to the dominant proportions, size and scale of buildings of the streetscape.

RHYTHM AND PATTERNS
Design elements of principal facades should reflect the neighborhood patterns. Examples include prevalent number of bays; door and window replacement; floor-to-floor and cornice heights; spacing between windows and doors and between windows and cornices or rooflines; and dimensions of the façade’s base and cornice.

Where the use of the structure prevents maintaining the prevalent rhythms and patterns, incorporating detailing to suggest the same is recommended.

MATERIALS AND TEXTURES
Building materials, textures and treatments shall be compatible with those of surrounding buildings. Where traditional materials, such as brick, wood or stone, are common in the immediate neighborhood, use of these materials on front facades and secondary facades on corner properties is recommended.

ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS
Use of architectural details reflecting the character-defining features of the streetscape are recommended.

STREETSCAPES
New construction should reflect prevailing setbacks, orientation, and physical elements, which define streetscapes.