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 93 7 Change is inevitable in buildings and neighborhoods. The character of buildings and neighborhoods change over time. Buildings may need to be updated, expanded or adapted for another use. When an addition is added to a building some loss of material and some change in form is inevitable. The relationship between the building and the neighborhood will also be changed. An addition should preserve the character of the historic building and clarify the difference between the old and new work. An example of this is the addition to City Hall of 1989. The addition is a product of its time yet compatible with the historic building. Several churches have successful additions without signi fi cant loss of materials and features. The need for additional space in the Downtown Commercial District may bring about future additions to commercial buildings. If new additions are placed on secondary elevations the loss of architectural features and material will be minimized. These elevations are frequently constructed from more “ordinary” material and are less detailed. It is desirable to retain as much of the original elevation as possible. Another successful way to avoid damage is to link the new addition to the historic block by means of a visual connector. The appropriate size of a new addition varies from building to building and depends upon the relationship between the actual and apparent sizes of the historic building and its addition. On a relatively low commercial building, the impact of another fl oor is likely to change the building’s character whereas a rooftop addition to an eight-story building will rarely be visible from the street. 5.3 Additions - Commercial/Public Buildings Grace United Methodist Addition 401 Grace Street Source: City of Wilmington

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