Before you start, remember that all exterior work, including work you perform yourself, must be approved by the Detroit Historic District Commission.
Historic Distric Commission handout (pdf): A quick guide to the HDC.
HDC Brochure (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.
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.
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.
HDC Guidelines: The Detroit Historic Commission Guidelines on fencing.
Repair and Replacement of Historic Roofs: A how-to guide on repair and replacement.
Columns & Porches
Maintenance and Repair of Historic Wood Columns: A how-to guide.