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About HPO & HPRB

  • DC's historic preservation program

    Who We Are

    DC's historic preservation program

  • What’s current in preservation

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Preservation Services

  • What you need to know

    For Residents

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  • Get information and guidance

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  • Get involved in preservation

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  • Understand our goals and achievements

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    Understand our goals and achievements

  • Track projects in your community

    Project Reports and Actions

    Track projects in your community

  • Buildings, history, and archaeology

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  • Find out about historic properties

    Landmarks and Districts

    Find out about historic properties

  • Explore the city's heritage and culture

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  • Understand the preservation process

    Policies and Procedures

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Office of Planning

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Historic Preservation Office


Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

How to Reach Us
1100 4th Street, SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024
historic.preservation@dc.gov

Phone: (202) 442-7600
Fax: (202) 442-7638
TTY: 311

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Website: http://preservation.dc.gov

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Ellen McCarthy
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Design Guidelines


The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the architectural character of their property. In addition to the Guidelines listed below, HPO has available practical advice and resources for Door Replacement, Masonry Maintenance and Repair, Locating Electric Meter Boxes, Metal Repair, Roof Decks and Roof Additions, and Window Repair and Replacement as two-page Preservation Briefs.

Design Guidelines for Utility Meters

Design Guidelines for Utility Meters

The Historic Preservation Office has developed draft guidelines for placement of utility meters on landmarks and properties located within historic districts. The guidelines were formally approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board on May 3, 2012.

 
Introduction to the Historic Preservation Guidelines

Introduction to the Historic Preservation Guidelines

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the architectural character of their property.

 
Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in Historic Properties

Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in Historic Properties

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance accessibility on their property.

 
Additions to Historic Buildings

Additions to Historic Buildings

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance additions to their property, or create new ones.

 
Basement Entrances and Basement Windows on Historic Properties

Basement Entrances and Basement Windows on Historic Properties

The Historic Preservation Office has developed guidelines for Basement Entrances and Basement Windows on Historic Properties.

 
Design Guidelines for Historic Commercial Buildings

Design Guidelines for Historic Commercial Buildings

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners of historic commercial structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance their property.

 
Energy Conservation for Historic Buildings

Energy Conservation for Historic Buildings

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to enhance the energy conservation on their property.

 
Landscaping, Landscape Features and Secondary Buildings in Historic Districts

Landscaping, Landscape Features and Secondary Buildings in Historic Districts

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the landscaping, landscape features, and secondary buildings on their property.

 
New Construction in Historic Districts

New Construction in Historic Districts

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and builders to design new buildings in historic districts.

 
Porches and Steps on Historic Buildings

Porches and Steps on Historic Buildings

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance porches and steps on their property.

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