Home Preservation

Maintaining historic integrity is the essence of historic preservation. Integrity Matters! Integrity = Investment Value. People are more attracted to historic houses that have high integrity, because they are more interesting. Attraction enhances market value. Here are some tips on doing it right!


Before You Start...

Before you start, remember that all exterior work, including work you perform yourself, must be approved by the Detroit Historic District Commission. The following information will be helpful

Historic Distric Commission handout: A quick guide to the HDC (pdf)

Detroit Historic District Commission website: Contact DHDC staff Jennifer Ross at (313) 224-8907 or rossj@detroitmi.gov or Audra Dye at (313) 224-6543 or dyea@detroitmi.gov

Introduction and Application Requirements (pdf): A brochure from the Historic District Commission covering what changes require review, and the review process.

Detroit Historic Commission Guidelines: An overview of the approval process.

Detroit Historic Commission FAQ: Frequently asked questions about the Detroit Historic Commission and their regulations.


General Preservation

Historic District Designation = Money in Your Pocket: The value of living in a Historic District: enforcing historic standards increases everyone's property values.

Historic Integrity: Why integrity of a structure is important.

Historical Architectual Work: An essay and information on historical renovation.

An Old House Is A Way Of Life: An editorial from The Old House Journal, Vol. 1, No.1, 1973.

Old House Journal: A bit about The Old House Journal, the best source of information for historical renovation projects.


Windows

Window Weatherization: A how-to guide on window weatherization.

Historical Window Repair: A how-to guide on window repair.

Storm Windows: How storm windows work and what to look for.

Steel Windows: How to repair and restore windows made from steel.


Fencing

HDC Guidelines: The Detroit Historic Commission Guidelines on fencing.


Painting

HDC Guidelines: The Detroit Historic Commission Guidelines on painting and colors.

Paint Style and Color Guide : The Detroit Historic Commission color system guide.


Masonry

HDC Guidelines on cleaning: The Detroit Historic Commission Guidelines on cleaning masonry.

Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings: Preservation brief 2 from the National Park Service.

Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings: Preservation brief 26 from the National Park Service.

The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco: Preservation brief 22 from the National Park Service.


Roofs

Repair and Replacement of Historic Roofs: A how-to guide on repair and replacement.


Columns & Porches


Weatherization

Weatherization: A how-to guide on making your house weather-tight.

Window Weatherization: A how-to guide on window weatherization.

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