Wilmington Design Standards for Historic Districts and Landmarks

6 5 4 3 2 1 Standards for Relocation and Demolition Design Standards WILMINGTON HISTORIC DISTRICTS AND LANDMARKS 104 7 Moving a building is generally viewed as a last resort to avoid demolition. Although relocation may destroy the original context and compromise its signi fi cance, the results can be bene fi cial. Signi fi cant buildings in Wilmington have been saved from demolition and successfully moved with bene fi ts to the community and the buildings. Vacant lots have been fi lled; houses restored; and sites freed up for development. Because moving a building is expensive and complex, every aspect of the move should be checked and considered. Is there a threat of demolition other than through neglect? Is relocation the only alternative? Does the building’s signi fi cance justify the move? Will the structure survive the move and adapt to its new site? Ideally a structure should be moved as an intact unit. If this is not possible it can be moved in sections. If neither method is possible the building can be completely disassembled. This may be considered only as a last resort as it may result in a substantial loss of building material. 3 4 5 Work with experienced contractors to accomplish the relocation. Plan the relocation route thoroughly and contact utility companies and City of fi cials to secure necessary permits. Coordinate efforts to ensure minimum delays. Protect the structure to be moved from vandalism or weather damage before, during and after the move. Choose relocation only as a last resort to demolition. 1 Document the original site through drawings and photographs before moving an historic building. 2 6 The structure to be moved should be architecturally compatible with the adjacent buildings within the receiving historic district. 7 Choose a site that corresponds to the size and proportion of the structure to be moved. Orient the building to the street and ensure the set back and lot coverage is compatible to and harmonious with the existing structures on the block. 8 Ensure that the shape, mass and scale of the building to be moved conforms to the existing structures on the block. 9 Protect important site features of the original site, the new site and the route of the move during relocation. Ensure move will not entail the destruction of mature trees, vegetation and out buildings. 10 Move a building as a single unit in order to prevent the unnecessary loss of historic building fabric. 6.1 Relocation Relocated House 515 Chestnut Street - relocated from 308 North 2nd Street Source: City of Wilmington Standards: Relocation