Wilmington Design Standards for Historic Districts and Landmarks

6 5 4 3 2 1 Standards for Neighborhood Setting Design Standards WILMINGTON HISTORIC DISTRICTS AND LANDMARKS 39 7 The character of Wilmington’s historic districts depends not just on its buildings, but on its brick streets and historic markers, sidewalks and granite curbs, broad plazas , street furniture , fountains, and street trees. Paving, ground cover, street lights, benches, traf fi c signs, transit stops and utility lines also contribute to the character of the public right-of-way. Routine maintenance and attention to the streetscape are required if the visual character and ambiance of the area are to be retained. Although shells, Belgium block, limestone rock or marl, cobblestones, fl agging stones, crushed stones, asphalt block, and bricks were used to pave Wilmington’s streets as early as 1880, by the turn of the century, brick became the dominant paving material because of its durability and low maintenance. To retain the visual character and ambiance of the area, routine maintenance and attention to the hardscape, streetscape, and landscape is required. Characteristics of the public right of way vary from district to district and often within the districts themselves. In the Theatre District, the streets slope up from the river and include busy thoroughfares with broad sidewalks and small-scale plantings. In contrast, the boulevards of the Residential Historic District have their richly planted central plazas and canopies of trees. The streets in the Carolina Heights/Winoca Terrace Historic District retain their early twentieth-century character. The broad front lawns and lack of fencing on some streets is reminiscent of a garden suburb, while on other streets the houses are closer to the sidewalks with densely planted front yards, broader sidewalks, and canopies of trees. In the Downtown Commercial Historic District, the street plazas are more formally planted, alleys connect the major streets, and the sidewalk trees are smaller. Kenan Memorial Fountain Market & 5th Avenue Source: City of Wilmington NOTE: Repair of brick streets with a preapproved procedure and brick agreed upon by the Public Works Division and the Historic Preserva Ɵ on Commission does not require review and comment. However, if a brick or procedure other than that which is preapproved is proposed, the Historic Preserva Ɵ on Commission shall review and comment on the proposed brick or procedure within 60 days of the submi Ʃ al of the plan to the city. Brick Street South 4th Street Source: City of Wilmington 2.2 Public Right-of-Way