Guides to Preserving Your Historic Exterior

Online guides on specific issues facing the care of historic properties.

  • Window Shutters on Historic Properties

    The replacement or installation of exterior shutters is a common concern for homeowners of historic properties.

  • The Window Issue

    The replacement of historic windows has become one of the hottest and most debated historic preservation issues in the past decade, even triggering many preservation organizations to place historic windows on their Most Endangered Lists.

  • Alterations to Historic Exterior Stoops

    In recent years a trend of cladding concrete stoops with flagstone or slate has swept across Washington's historic districts. The "dressing up" of concrete stairs with a stone veneer may seem like an easy and attractive fix, but these materials often require expensive repair and/or re-cladding at surprisingly frequent intervals.

  • Are You Considerting Solar Panels for Your Historic Property?

    Many property owners in Washington, D.C. are looking to roof solar panels in an effort to green their buildings and reduce energy costs. As an owner of a historic property protected by The L'Enfant Trust and located in a historic district, you have special responsibilities and factors to consider before installing solar panels.

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