Historic Preservation

Additional Window Information

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​​​​May I replace the windows in my house or business or garage in a historic district? 

Non-Contributing (post-1944) Structures

If the structure was built after 1944, it is a non-contributing structure; that is, it is not considered to be a historic building. 

 Windows in non-contributing structures may be replaced with an HDC staff approval ($35) and approved building permit. The windows must fit in existing openings and the type of window and style must be compatible with the structure. 

For new windows in new or enlarged openings, please contact HDC staff to determine whether a staff approval or commission application will be required. 

Contributing (pre-1945) Structures

If the structure was built before 1945, it is usually a contributing structure, meaning it contributes to the character of its historic district through its size, materials, style, massing, etc. A building need not display all of these characteristics to be a contributing structure. There are a few circumstances where a structure built before 1945 has lost its significance. For example, if a building was constructured before 1945 but moved to a new site in or after 1945, it is  usually not considered to be contributing.