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 45 7 Although Wilmington still has a few early carriage houses, the garages generally found in the Residential and Theatre Districts date from 1920 when automobile ownership became common and a new building type was needed. Carriage houses tend to re fl ect the character of the main house while the early garages were simple framed structures with gable roofs, a window on each side, and hinged, glazed paneled doors. They were usually sited in the side or rear yards, and accessed by a linear driveway from the street. In the Carolina Heights/Winoca Terrace District which developed after the turn of the century, the material and design of garages were more in fl uenced by the eclectic revival architecture of the neighborhood and include a variety of door types and wall fi nishes. Breezeways connecting the garage to the main structure are sometimes found in this area as well as pergolas for the Spanish Eclectic, Colonial Revival and Bungalow styles. Since the garages often re fl ect the house styles, they are sometimes in a more prominent position and are visible from the street. Those sited in rear yards are often accessed by alleys at the back of the property. Because many historic district houses lack garages, small storage sheds are prevalent and are often sited in rear yards and are not visible from the street. Early sheds were simple wood framed structures with corrugated tin roofs and sometimes a single window. Larger sheds tend to re fl ect the scale and character of the adjoining house and in some cases are elaborately detailed. Accessory Structure 613 Orange Street Source: City of Wilmington 2.5 Garages, Carriage Houses and Accessory Structures