Wilmington Design Standards for Historic Districts and Landmarks

6 5 4 3 2 1 Standards for Commercial Buildings Design Standards WILMINGTON HISTORIC DISTRICTS AND LANDMARKS 92 7 3 4 5 If replacement of the entire storefront is necessary, base the new design on accurate documentation of the original or create a new design compatible with the original in size, scale, proportion, material, texture and detail with the building and the district. When rehabilitating street-level commercial storefronts, consider design compatibility with the material and design of the upper levels. If recent modi fi cations conceal the original storefront materials, consider their removal. Display windows should not be reduced in size. It is inappropriate to use snap-in muntins . Retain and preserve storefronts and their functional and decorative features. 1 Repair rather than replace an original deteriorated storefront feature. Match the original or existing historically- appropriate storefront in size, scale, proportion, material, texture and detail. Only consider substitute materials if the original materials are not available. 2 6 Color schemes for historic storefronts should complement other buildings on the block. Care should be taken to unify the upper and lower portions of the façade. . 7 It is not appropriate to use synthetic materials on historic storefronts. 3 4 5 Metal awnings are inappropriate for any building other than those built after World War II. Ensure that signs mounted on the fronts of buildings to designate multiple businesses in retail/of fi ce centers are compatible in scale with the buildings architectural elements, consistent in placement and size placement, size, and compatible in design material and color but not necessarily identical design, material and color with the architectural elements of the building. The dimension and placement of commercial signs should conform to the requirements of the Wilmington Code of Ordinances. New signs should be compatible with the storefront in material, scale and color. It is not appropriate to install signs above character de fi ning features of the store. 1 Mount standard fabric awnings above the display window four (4) to seven (7) feet from the building with the valance nine feet above the sidewalk Lettering should be placed along the bottom fl ap only. Awnings of complex modern design are not recommended in the Commercial Downtown Historic District. Awnings should not be lit from below. 2 6 The retention of early signs and advertising painted on historic walls is recommended. NOTE: For more informa Ɵ on on the maintenance of metal, wood surfaces and other decora Ɵ ve elements, see: Standards for Exterior Walls and Decora Ɵ ve Woodwork and Architectural Metals. Standards: Storefronts Standards: Signs and Awnings 5.2

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