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Building Improvement File

8-1/2" x 11", 16 sheets in loose-leaf folder, National Trust Main Street Center, $30.

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Gather your design team to review the basic elements of downtown architectural traditions, develop a shared design vocabulary, and an understanding of what is unique and worth saving in your community.

The sheets discuss and illustrate the design and structural elements of typical commercial buildings, building materials, masonry cleaning, painting, energy conservation, infill construction as well as low-cost, effective design improvements and maintenance for signs, windows, doors, awnings, rear entrances, upper facades, and cornices.

A handy reference when developing design guidelines for your commercial district or discussing building improvements with property and business owners.

Table of Contents

  1. Keeping up Appearances
  2. The Main Street Architectural Tradition
  3. The Traditional Facade
  4. Facade Change as Evolution
  5. Architectural Variety
  6. Storefront Design
  7. Doors
  8. Window Displays
  9. Awning and Canopies
  10. Signs
  11. Rear Entrances
  12. Upper Facade and Building Cornice
  13. Historic Architectural Decoration
  14. Masonry Cleaning
  15. Painting your Building
  16. Energy Conservation
  17. New Infill Construction

Your Guarantee of Satisfaction

Building Improvement File is guaranteed. If you are not 100% satisfied, you may return it within 30 days for a full refund.

About the Authors

Building Improvement File was written by a team of experts from the National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C.


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