guidelines are used by the Commission in considering
a Certificate of Appropriateness, and will be useful
to anyone in Harwinton who is contemplating work which
alters historic architectural features. The guidelines
are divided into sections covering maintenance, repair,
replacement and new construction. "Maintenance"
and "Repairs" generally do not require a Certificate
of Appropriateness, but are included to assist the homeowner
in making decisions concerning options to be considered
or avoided in the process of building or restoration.
No intent is made to cover every situation or condition
which may arise in the Historic Districts. Homeowners
should refer to the following as reference material,
and not as district standards.
WALLS AND SIDING
and siding provide the building with an overall texture.
The choice of materials and their relationship to each
other help in defining the historic character of the
is the most prevalent siding material within the Historic
District. Other siding materials include wood shingle,
vinyl and aluminum siding and brick.
is a very durable material and
with proper care can last indefinitely. The major cause
of deterioration is inappropriate cleaning and waterproofing,
which leads to water damage. Air pollution can also
lead to masonry decay. Maintenance for masonry walls
and foundation includes proper drainage systems and,
when necessary, cleaning of the exterior surface.
is also a very durable material when properly maintained.
Routine painting and caulking are the best preservatives.
Water, insects, fungi and vegetation growing too close
to it's surface can all contribute to siding damage.
Handcrafted detailing and finishing should be carefully
preserved when maintenance and/or repairs take place.