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Are historic standards destroying historic districts?

01/16/2009 8:47 PM by

The preservation consultants at Old House Authority pose the question Are Historic Standards Destroying Historic Districts?:

If your property is in a historic district or if you are seeking Historic Tax Credits, certain alterations/additions must be approved. […] Often these boards insist on distinguishing architecturally between what is historic and what is new—meaning traditional design solutions are denied and contemporary ones required even when they are incompatible with the historic character of the property and surrounding area. Perversely, property owners are told to avoid changes that appear “too authentic” or could be mistaken for “having always been there.”


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