Historic District Design Guidelines

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The Design Guidelines were adopted by City Council to provide greater certainty for property owners conducting work on buildings within designated historic districts. The Guidelines provide recommendations for treatments of various building systems, such as windows and roofs, as well as information specific to particular architectural styles. Work proposal that conform to the guidelines are generally exempt for Historic Preservation Commission review and can be approved "over the counter" by Community Development Department staff. Work that does not meet the Guidelines will need to be reviewed by the Commission for appropriateness to the property and the district.

To use the Guidelines, you'll only need to look at two sections to find out if your specific proposal may be exempt: 1) look under the "Building Features" section to find the type of work you're proposing (e.g. window replacement); and 2) look under the "Architectural Style" section to find the style of your property and read the portion relating to your work proposal. For assistance using the Guidelines, please contact Jay Platt, Historic Preservation Planner, at (818) 548-2140 or jplatt@glendaleca.gov


Full Document
Complete Historic District Design Guidelines

Individual Chapters


Report Cover and Table of Contents


Glendale's Residential Character

Building Features

Siding & Exterior Finishes



Windows & Doors

Architectural Styles

Victorian Style

Foursquare Style

Craftsman Style

Mission Revival Style

Mediterranean Revival Style

Spanish Colonial Revival Style

Tudor & English Inspired Styles

French-Inspired Styles

American Colonial Revival Style

Monterey Revival Style

Minimal Traditional Style

Ranch Style

Modern Styles

Outbuildings, New Construction, Non-Contributors, and more...

Other Design Issues in Historic Districts

Streetscape & Landscape Features

Infill Development

Guidelines for the Enhancement of Non-Contributing Buildings

Appendix One: The Secretary's Standards

Appendix Two: Glossary


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