An interior floor plan, the arrangement and sequence
of spaces, and built-in features and applied finishes
are individually and collectively important in
defining the historic character of the building.
Interiors are comprised of a series of primary
and secondary spaces. This is applicable to all
buildings, from courthouses to cathedrals, to
cottages and office buildings. Primary spaces,
including entrance halls, parlors, or living rooms,
assembly rooms and lobbies, are defined not only
by their function, but also by their features,
finishes, size and proportion.
Secondary spaces are often more functional than
decorative, and may include kitchens, bathrooms,
mail rooms, utility spaces, secondary hallways,
firestairs and office cubicles in a commercial
or office space. Extensive changes can often be
made in these less important areas without having
a detrimental effect on the overall historic character.