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 95 7 Wilmington’s Downtown Commercial District is a vital part of a larger Central Business District and contains an eclectic mix of late nineteenth and early 20th century historic buildings rehabilitated and adapted to commercial use. Apart from a tall of fi ce tower, most buildings are less than four stories in height and even lower along the riverfront. Many small vacant lots, a few larger blocks and some unused buildings can provide an opportunity for new development and adaptive reuse. At the sidewalk level, it is desirable that new construction harmonize with the nearby storefronts and create a friendly image for pedestrians. Acceptable materials for new construction include brick, stucco , stone and cast stone. Changes in material are usually accompanied by a change in plane. For review purposes, the applicant may want to make a checklist of design elements which distinguish the area. The list should begin with broader design features such as scale, massing, and height and then cover details such as materials, openings and ornamentation. Proposals for new commercial construction include architectural plans, elevations and a site plan. A perspective or an isometric drawing of the building or streetscape may be requested by the Commission for review. For further information refer to Appendix A. Spacing of Window and Door Openings for In fi ll Construction of Commercial and Mixed-use Buildings New buildings should reflect the pattern of windows, doorways and storefront areas established along the street or other applicable context. Source: City of Wilmington Window Rhythm 1 Storefront Rhythm 2 1 2 5.4 New Commercial Construction / In fi ll New Commercial Construction 100 South Front Street Source: City of Wilmington