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January 21, 2009

Design guide for the Houston Heights Historic Districts now available

To further promote the preservation of the historic structures found in the historic districts of the Houston Heights and to provide an educational tool for compatible remodeling, additions and new construction, the City of Houston Planning and Development Department issued a Design Guide for the Houston Heights Historic Districts. This guide can be found online by clicking on the "Design Guide" link at It's easy to understand with drawings and photos to help illustrate how to remodel your home to be compatible with the other existing homes in your block.

While the Guide illustrates how to utilize various elements for compatible construction, you will still need to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness through the Houston Archaeological and Historic Commission. The Commission will approve your proposed construction if they determine your application meets the criteria specified in the Historic Preservation Ordinance.

Houston's Historic Preservation Ordinance, adopted by City Council in 1995, recognizes and protects the city's historic sites.

Special "Historic District" street signs have been put up in the Houston Heights two City designated historic districts in an effort to highlight the historic districts to residents and the public and to denote the districts' boundaries.

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