First Montrose Commons


The setting of a house – how it is located on and sized to fit a lot – should also be compatible with the rest of the historic district. Most homes in First Montrose Commons are one or two stories in height. The distance between the house and the street (“setback”) varies. Garages or carports are detached, located behind the house at the rear half of the lot, and accessed via driveways.

When considering a building project within the First Montrose Commons Historic District, please refer to this chart. It shows which setting-related elements are compatible and which are not. Definitions of common terms can be found in the glossary.

Compatible Incompatible
  • Located to the side of the house on interior lots
  • Connected to the side street on corner lots
  • Parking pads in front of the building
Garages and Carports
  • Detached
  • Located in rear half of the lot; often fully or partially obscured visually by house in front
  • Attached to the building
  • In front of the house
  • One or two stories
  • Typical overall height less than 30 feet
  • Finished attic space with dormers
  • Three or more stories
  • Overall heights greater than 30 feet
Front setback
  • 20-foot front setbacks on most blocks
  • 20-foot or greater side setbacks on large corner lots
  • Any setback inconsistent with the containing blockface