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PMN 2011: Addressing Common Design Review Issues

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Some design issues show up over and over again, but that doesn’t mean the reviews get any easier.
One recurring issue is determining if changes to a commercial building have acquired significance and if so, how they should be preserved. Other common questions: What should replacement windows look like? When is it appropriate to use a substitute material and what should it be? How do you fit an ADA ramp on a typical Main Street building? What makes a good awning, or suitable signage? This mobile session uses downtown Faribault as a lab to discuss some common design quandaries.
Presenters: Audrey Tepper, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.; Natascha Wiener, SHPO senior design reviewer