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Historic Preservation Definitions

STRUCTURE

Anything that is constructed or erected with a fixed location on the ground or attached to something having a fixed location on the ground.  Structures include but are not limited to walls, buildings, fences, signs, mobile homes, swimming pools, spas, microwave satellite receiving dishes, TV antennas, communication devices and tennis courts.

 

FAÇADE

One whole exterior face or elevation of a structure from grade up to and including the top of the parapet.  An individual façade is defined as including at least an eight-foot width that is offset from an adjacent plane by at least four feet.

 

PRIMARY FAÇADE

One or more principal faces or elevations of a building with features that define the character of the building’s architecture

 

NONHISTORIC STRUCTURE

A structure that is less than 50 years old.

 

NONCONTRIBUTING STRUCTURE

A structure, located in an Historic District, which is less than fifty years old and/or does not exhibit sufficient historic integrity to establish and maintain the character of the Historic District. (Ord. No. 2004-26 §6)

 

CONTRIBUTING STRUCTURE

A structure, located in a Historic District, approximately 50 years old or older that helps to establish and maintain the character of the Historic District. Although the structure is not unique in itself, it adds to the historic associations and/or historic architectural design qualities for which a District is significant. The structure may have had minor alterations, however, its integrity remains. (Ord. 2004-26 § 5)

 

SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURE

A structure, located in an Historic District, that is approximately 50 years old or older, and embodies distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction. A structure may also be designated as significant for its association with events or individuals that are important on a local, regional, national, or global level. In order for a structure to be designated as significant, it must retain a high level of historic integrity. A structure may also be significant if it is listed in or is eligible to be listed in the State Register of Cultural Properties or the National Register of Historic Places. (Ord. No. 2004-26 §5)

 

LANDMARK STRUCTURE

A structure outside a Historic District which otherwise meets the definition of a significant structure. A structure may also be a landmark structure if it is listed in or is eligible to be listed in the State Register of Cultural Properties or the National Register of Historic Places. (Ord. No. 2004-26 § 5)

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