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 50 7 Early photographs show street lights in both the residential and commercial districts. Depending on their location, fi xtures varied from large globes with decorative fi nials mounted on cast iron poles to smaller bracketed globes on simple utilitarian poles. New fi xtures of traditional design have replaced the early street lights on main thoroughfares and in the Downtown Commercial Historic District. In the residential historic districts, original porch lights should be retained. If new fi xtures are needed they should match the scale and style of the house. It is not recommended to select a fi xture in a contrasting style. Simple contemporary fi xtures, unobtrusively located, may provide more illumination if needed. Additional light may be needed on a particular site for safety and security reasons. Used effectively, exterior lighting can enhance the building’s historic character. Consideration should be given to the amount and location of supplemental lighting and to its impact on adjacent properties. Install reasonably spaced low-wattage lighting to achieve adequate lighting of driveways. Retain and preserve exterior lighting fi xtures that contribute to the historic character of a building, site, or streetscape. Replace a historic exterior lighting fi xture with a fi xture that is similar in appearance, material and scale to the original. If the original is missing, install a fi xture that is compatible in scale, material, color, fi nish and character with the building. Design new site and street lighting to be compatible with human scale and the character of the district. Consider the location, scale, material, color, fi nish and brightness of a proposed fi xture in determining its compatibility. To provide for safety and security in the residential areas of the historic districts, the use of low-level lighting is recommended. Indiscriminate area lighting in the residential areas of the historic districts is not appropriate . It is not appropriate to use fl oodlights to illuminate the facades of houses in the residential areas of the historic districts. It is not appropriate to introduce period lighting fi xtures that predate the structures in the historic district in an attempt to create a false historical appearance. Carefully locate low-wattage, low-level or directional site lighting to prevent illumination on adjacent properties. The Verandas Exterior Lighting 202 Nun Street Source: City of Wilmington Riverwalk Lighting Downtown Wilmington Source: City of Wilmington 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Standards: Lighting 2.8 Lighting

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