Identify, Retain and Preserve
Identifying, retaining, and preserving storefronts--and
their functional and decorative features--that are important
in defining the overall historic character of the building
such as display windows, signs, doors, transoms, kick
plates, corner posts, and entablatures.
The original form and features of this 1920s
storefront have been retained through Preservation.
Photo: David W. Look, AIA.
Altering storefronts--and their features--which are
important in defining the overall historic character
of the building so that, as a result, the character
Replacing historic storefront features instead of repairing
or replacing only the deteriorated material.
Stabilizing deteriorated or damaged storefronts as
a preliminary measure, when necessary, prior to undertaking
appropriate preservation work.
Failing to stabilize a deteriorated or damaged storefront
until additional work is undertaken, thus allowing further
damage to occur to the historic building.
Protect and Maintain
Protecting and maintaining masonry, wood, and architectural
metals which comprise storefronts through appropriate
treatments such as cleaning, rust removal, limited paint
removal, and reapplication of protective coating systems.
Protecting storefronts against arson and vandalism
before work begins by boarding up windows and doors
and installing alarm systems that are keyed into local
This cast iron storefront from the late 19th
century has been well maintained over the years.
Photo: NPS files.
Evaluating the existing condition of storefront
materials to determine whether more than protection
and maintenance are required, that is, if repairs to
features will be necessary.
Failing to provide adequate protection of materials
on a cyclical basis so that deterioration of storefront
Permitting entry into the building through unsecured
or broken windows and doors so that interior features
and finishes are damaged by exposure to weather or vandalism.
Stripping storefronts of historic material such as
wood, cast iron, terra cotta, carrara glass, and brick.
Failing to undertake adequate measures to assure the
preservation of the historic storefront.
Repairing storefronts by reinforcing the historic
materials using recognized preservation methods. The
new work should be unobtrusively dated to guide future
research and treatment.
Removing material that could be repaired, using improper
repair techniques, or failing to document the new work.
The following work
is highlighted to indicate that it represents
the greatest degree of intervention generally
recommended within the treatment Preservation,
and should only be considered after protection,
stabilization, and repair concerns have been addressed.
Limited Replacement in Kind
Replacing in kind extensively deteriorated
or missing parts of storefronts where there are
surviving prototypes such as transoms, kick plates,
pilasters, or signs. The new work should match
the old in materials, design, color, and texture;
and be unobtrusively dated to guide future research
Replacing an entire storefront when limited replacement
of deteriorated and missing parts is appropriate.
Using replacement material that does not match
the historic storefront feature; or failing to
properly document the new work.