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FAQs about Preserving Neighborhoods

What is my neighborhood called?
What does it mean to live in a historic district? 
How is a national historic district different from a local one? 
What resources are available to compatibly add on to my historic home? 
What are the most energy-efficient windows? 
What are options are there for insuring historic homes?
Can I protect my home against an earthquake?
What do we lose when a historic building is demolished?

Neighborhood MapsBrighamStSign5-20-2010

Use these maps to find out what your neighborhood is called, the first step to learning about how to preserve it.

Salt Lake City

Historic Preservation in Salt Lake City

 Frequently Asked Questions About Local Historic Districts - Developed by the Salt Lake City Planning Division, these Q&A style fact sheets addresses many of the top questions about local historic districts.

 Local Preservation in Brief

Citywide Historic Preservation Plan (draft from Salt Lake City)

Historic Preservation Residential Design Guidelines


It is possible to create more space in your historic building without compromising its historic character.  These resources will help you get started on your project by sharing principles of compatible design.

Celebrating Compatible Design:  Creating New Spaces in Historic Homes - booklet by Utah Heritage Foundation.

Preservation Brief 14: New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings - a National Park Service publication.

New Additions section of The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation & Illustrated Guidelines.

Incompatible New Rooftop Additions - from the National Park Service

Historic Window Rehabilitation

You can preserve your historic windows AND save energy (and therefore, money).

Windows: Your Questions Answered - from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office.

All about windows – The National Trust for Historic Preservation presents frequently asked questions, links, and resources intended to not only inform and inspire, but to demonstrate how you can keep your old windows, achieve energy efficiency, and be "green" throughout the process.

Saving Windows Saving Money - Evaluating the energy performance of window replacement and retrofit, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


National Trust Insurance Services - comprehensive insurance solutions to historic property owners and preservation organizations.

Seismic Retrofit

Living in Utah means being prepared for the likelihood of earthquakes.  These resources show how to fortify your historic building to survive seismic changes.

Bracing for the Big One - Information to help you plan and carry out a seismic upgrade while preserving the important features and character of your historic house.

Techniques for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings (FEMA 547, 2006) - This document from the Federal Emergency Management Agency describes common seismic rehabilitation techniques used for buildings represented in the set of standard building types in FEMA seismic publications.


Home towns become ghost towns one block at a time.  Utah Heritage Foundation has fought against demolition of our historic built environment since our establishment in 1966.  We consistently advocate that they are many alternatives to demolition, an action where we lose so much, and usually gain little.

 Teardown Tools on the Web: Managing Teardowns – Preserving Community Character and Livability – by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

 The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the Built Environment: Teardowns and Rebuilds in Yalecrest and Historic Preservation – by Mark McGrath, Utah APA

 What's Wrong with Teardowns: A Visual Analysis – by the National Trust for Historic Preservation