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Historic Homes: Additions and Remodels


This last week saw me beginning a design for a home in the Coronado Historic District, and I know there are specific requirements when it comes to making any large changes or improvements to such a structure. So this weekend's post is about where I found the resources and guidelines provided by City of Phoenix.

City of Phoenix Planning & Development Department

Within the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department is the Historic Preservation Office, and that office, from what I've determined, works with the Arizona Historical Society to establish Design Guidelines, Preservation Philosophy and the Approvals Process for any changes. All of those can be found through the City's website: phoenix.gov . I also followed a few of the links to a map of the Coronado District, and even the county's land parcel information.



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Historic Phoenix

Home Smart has a website called Historic Phoenix that also provided me with information for the Coronado District and the Architectural Styles found there, mainly Craftsman and Bungalow from 1920s through the 1940s. 

What I remember best from the time period and the styles are William Morris, Arts and Crafts, and Frank Lloyd Wright. With these details in mind, I find myself pulling out my old textbooks and notes from college to brush up on the styles. I'll be going to the public library in the near future as well, maybe a side trip to Taliesin West in north Scottsdale isn't out of the question (it's on the bucket list anyway).

Recommendations

If you own a historic home, or plan on purchasing, keep this in mind : Always check with the city before you start changing the exterior of the house. 

Also, try to find any and all details you can about the property before you start such a project. These remodels can take a lot of time for approval- from your neighborhood, the city, and the historic society.