Roofs and Dormers


Retain the original or later historically significant roof shape(s) and roof pitch.

All distinctive roof features, such as cornices, metalwork, and chimneys shall be retained.

Retain and repair or restore original or later historic dormers. Expansion of existing dormers or adding

new dormers might be approved on a case-by-case basis. New dormers will be permitted if they are

consistent with the building form, proportions, and arrangement of existing windows, and are

constructed in matching materials. If possible, place the new dormers not to be visible from a public


Because of its rarity, retain the original slate roof when possible.




New balconies, towers, widow walks, roof decks and cupolas are generally inappropriate additions,

particularly if visible from the public way. They might be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Although gutters and downspouts are exempt from review, where gutters are a part of the eave molding

or cornice (“built-in”), retain the gutters. Place the new gutters and downspouts in an architecturally

sensitive manner.