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Examine local historic register

Jun 5, 2019   //   by wvanbusk   //   Redwood Victorian  //  Comments Off on Examine local historic register

stair detailThe preliminary title report shows that this property in on the official list of designated buildings, structures, sites, and districts worthy of preservation because of their significance in city history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and/or culture. Notice of Placement on Local Register of Historic Places, recorded June 3, 1997, Humboldt County. The home is reported as a “sitck Eastlake”.

The main rules are; no demolition, no changes in exterior without approval, no permits issued without design approval, and no  list status change without approval.

What are the advantages?

  • Prestige
  • Tax incentive – minus fees for application, processing, recording, oversight and review inspections.

Mills Act – Allows the owner to enter the home into a contract to maintain or make improvements, provide low income rental, or sell discount goods in exchange for a property tax discount.  The contract stays with the home if ownership changes, 12.5% market value broken contract penalty.


What are the disadvantages?   

  • Because the building includes a lot of unique work, insurance companies may not want to sell you a policy, provide adequate coverage or may charge a high premium for replacement value.
  • Any alterations may need permits and approval from a local commission
  • Costly construction materials may be mandated
  • Potential buyers may not want to be so restricted, reducing property resale market

exit press coolerTypes of treatments provided for in municipal Code:

   PRESERVATION.  Preservation maintains the form, materials and features of the historic property as it has evolved over time, acknowledging its growth, loss, and change.  Preservation is the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of a historic property.

   RECONSTRUCTION.  The act or process of depicting, by means of new construction, the form, features, and detailing of a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure, or object for the purpose of replicating its appearance at a specific period of time and in its historic location.  Reconstruction re-creates a vanished or non-surviving historic property with new materials.

   REHABILITATION.  The act of making a compatible use of a historic property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features that convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values.  Rehabilitation retains the historic property as it has evolved by maintaining and repairing historic features, while allowing additions and alterations for contemporary and future uses.

   RESTORATION.  The means of accurately depicting the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular time by means of removal of features from other periods in its history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period.  The limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make properties functional, is appropriate within a restoration project.  Restoration depicts an appearance that existed during the historic property’s most significant period by removing later additions and rebuilding or repairing earlier features.