Before you start, remember that all exterior work, including work you perform yourself, must be approved by the Detroit Historic District Commission.
PROCESS: Making Exterior Changes: A guide from the Detroit Historic District Commission for specific projects, such as windows, roofing, painting, and more.
Learn about the Detroit Historic District Commission Meetings and Commissioners.
Historic Distric Commission handout (pdf): A quick guide to the HDC.
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.
Questions? Contact HDC staff at (313) 224-1762 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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.
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.
Also see the DHDC's Making Exterior Changes page, which includes more information on windows.
HDC Guidelines: The Detroit Historic Commission Guidelines on fencing.
Columns & Porches
Maintenance and Repair of Historic Wood Columns: A how-to guide.