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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 also has available practical advice and resources for Door Replacement, Masonry Maintenance and Repair, Metal Repair, Roof Decks and Roof Additions, and Window Repair and Replacement as two-page Preservation Briefs. Please send an email to historic.preservation@dc.gov to request copies of these documents.

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

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

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

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.

Roofs on Historic Buildings
The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance roofs on historic buildings.

Walls and Foundations of Historic Buildings
The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance walls and foundations of historic buildings.

Window Repair and Replacement: Preservation and Design Guidelines
The Historic Preservatin Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance historic windows.