New construction and exterior renovations of existing buildings should conform to the architectural style(s), scale and character of the existing surrounding properties, and shall incorporate the objectives of these Design Guidelines.

Demolition of existing structures should only be considered under the following conditions:

  • If the building is beyond repair and several qualified architects and engineers versed in historic buildings can make the case to do so.
  • If the building is not a significant structure or has lost all integrity of its historic character.
  • If over 50% of the structure has been destroyed by fire or disaster.
  • If the structure is an unsound threat to public health that cannot be corrected or stabilized in a reasonable time frame.